February 21, 2013 Consumer prices were flat in January. But since then, gas prices have risen sharply. So upcoming inflation reports may not be as positive.
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.