September 17, 2013 Consumer prices rose just 0.1 percent in August and were up only 1.5 percent from a year earlier. The report seems to fit with the notion that the Federal Reserve has accomplished its objective: Give the economy enough of a lift to keep it moving, but not so much that inflation takes off.
April 12, 2013 The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.
March 15, 2013 Prices rose overall by 0.7 percent. The major factor: a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline. Since February, though, gas prices have retreated. So economists do not think the latest report changes the inflation picture.
January 16, 2013 Consumer prices rose just 1.7 percent in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That's about half the pace of 2011 — when prices went up 3 percent. A sharp slowing in the increase of gas prices was a major factor. The news means interest rates will likely stay low.
January 15, 2013 Consumers were still in a spending mood in December, even as lawmakers battled over the budget. Meanwhile, wholesale prices fell slightly. Those are both good signs for the economy.