September 14, 2012 The government reports consumer prices and retail sales increased during August, mostly due to more expensive gas prices.
August 15, 2012 A sluggish economy has kept prices from rising. But a recent uptick in the price of gasoline and the effects of this summer's drought on food costs could put some upward pressure on inflation in coming months.
May 15, 2012 Dropping gas prices helped hold inflation down. Meanwhile, April consumer spending may have been slowed because warm weather in March encouraged folks to get out their wallets then.
April 13, 2012 The news that consumer prices rose a relatively modest 0.3 percent in March from February supports "the view the U.S. Federal Reserve has room to provide more support for the economy if needed," Reuters concludes.
March 16, 2012 A spike in gasoline prices fueled the increase. The so-called core rate of inflation remained in check.
January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
November 16, 2011 Falling energy costs kept inflation in check. But oil prices are up today, a sign that coming inflation reports might not be as welcome.
May 13, 2011 Higher prices for gasoline accounted for almost half of the 0.4 percent increase last month.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor