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Consumer Prices returned to Growth

CPI U.S. Economy



U.S. CPI on the rise again after stagnation in the last month, led by growth in food, apparel and gasoline prices.
The Labor Department announced total cpi edge up by 0.2 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis. CPI advanced by 1.5 % for the year, as the core rate increased on the higher rate than total consumer prices.

February's pace was high enough to avoid any deflationary concerns. Deflation indicates lower consumer spending and slowing economy.

Stripping out the volatile food and energy categories, the core rate of consumer price inflation rose smaller than total consumer price by 0.1 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, with price increases for shelter, tuition and apparel, Personal care products prices have sunk.
The core index is usually viewed by investors and the Federal Reserve as a better gauge of inflationary pressure because it excludes the volatile food and energy categories.
Over the past 12 months, stripping out the volatile food and energy categories, the core rate of consumer price inflation has climbed by 2.1 %.






Fuels & Transportation
Energy and commoditie prices grew by higher rate than in previous month, commodities by 0.2% and energy surged by 0.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, energy dropped by -5 % from Feb. 2018.

CPI Fuel The Consumer Price Index for Transportation advanced by 0.10 %, from Jan. 2019 and fell by -1.50 %, from Feb. 2018.

New vehicles decreased by -0.20 %, from Jan. 2019 and moved up by 0.30 %, from Feb. 2018.

Gasoline all types climbed by 1.50 %, from Jan. 2019 and fell by -9.10 %, from Feb. 2018. Public transportation advanced by 0.20 %, from Jan. 2019 and climbed by 0.20 %, from Feb. 2018.


0.00% -1.20% 0.00% 0.00% -0.20% 1.70% -0.70% 2.00%

Food   Housing & Apparel
Food & beverages prices have increased by higher rate than in previous period, food surged by 0.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. Over the past 12 months, food prices have climbed by 2 %.
Prices for housing have increased on the same pace like in previous month, housing increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, cost for shelter grew the most. Prices for housing jumped by 2.9 % for the year.


Apparel prices have increased by smaller rate than a month ago, apparel prices grew by 0.3 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by price increases for mens, boys, infants and toddlers apparel. Over the past 12 months, prices for apparel decreased by -0.8 %.




Consumer Price Index Y/Y
Consumer Price Indexes
CPI by Category
(from the same month a year ago change, % )
Feb. 2019
final
Jan. 2019
final
Dec. 2018
final
Nov. 2018
final
Oct. 2018
final
Sep. 2018
final
All Items
1.5 % 1.6 % 1.9 % 2.2 % 2.5 % 2.3 %
All items ex. Food and energy
2.1 % 2.2 % 2.2 % 2.2 % 2.1 % 2.2 %
Food & beverages
2 % 1.6 % 1.6 % 1.4 % 1.2 % 1.4 %
Food at home
1.2 % 0.6 % 0.6 % 0.4 % 0.1 % 0.4 %
Meats poultry fish & eggs
0.6 % 0.4 % -0.4 % 0.4 % -0.2 % 0.5 %
Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials
2.8 % 2.2 % 1.4 % 1 % 0.9 % 0.6 %
Alcoholic beverages
1.8 % 1.8 % 1.8 % 1.8 % 1.7 % 1.6 %
Food away from home
2.9 % 2.8 % 2.8 % 2.6 % 2.5 % 2.6 %
             
Housing
2.9 % 2.9 % 3 % 2.9 % 2.8 % 2.7 %
Shelter
3.4 % 3.2 % 3.2 % 3.2 % 3.2 % 3.3 %
Lodging away from home
1.3 % 2.6 % 0.7 % -1 % -2.4 % 0.6 %
Fuels & utilities
0.3 % 1.5 % 2.1 % 1.4 % 1.5 % 0.5 %
Household energy
-0.7 % 0.9 % 1.4 % 0.5 % 0.9 % -0.4 %
Fuel oil & other fuels
-2.4 % -8.1 % 1.9 % 16.1 % 26.2 % 23.4 %
Energy services
-0.6 % 1.3 % 1.4 % - % 0.1 % -1.2 %
Water & sewer & trash collection
0.1 % 3.7 % 4.5 % 0.1 % 3.6 % 3.6 %
Household furnishings & operations
2 % 2.1 % 2.1 % 1.7 % 1.5 % 1.1 %
             
Apparel
-0.8 % 0.1 % -0.1 % -0.4 % -0.4 % -0.6 %
Mens & boys apparel
3.4 % 0.8 % 1.7 % 2.2 % 2.3 % 0.9 %
Womens & girls apparel
-0.9 % -1.7 % -1.3 % 1.4 % -2.2 % -1 %
Infants & toddlers apparel
2.4 % 2.9 % 5.7 % 1.8 % 4 % 1.1 %
Footwear
0.1 % 2.3 % -0.1 % -1.4 % -0.7 % -0.8 %
             
Transportation
-1.5 % -1.3 % 0.7 % 2.9 % 5.4 % 3.7 %
Private transportation
-1.5 % -1.3 % 0.9 % 3.2 % 5.9 % 4 %
New & used motor vehicles
0.5 % 0.9 % 0.8 % 1.4 % 1 % 0.4 %
New vehicles
0.3 % - % -0.3 % 0.3 % 0.5 % 0.5 %
Used cars & trucks
1.1 % 1.6 % 1.4 % 2.3 % 0.4 % -1.5 %
Motor fuel
-8.9 % -9.9 % -1.9 % 5.2 % 16.2 % 9.2 %
Gasoline all types
-9.1 % -10.1 % -2.1 % 5 % 16.1 % 9.1 %
Motor vehicle parts & equipment
2 % 2.1 % 2.1 % 1.7 % 1.5 % 1.1 %
Motor vehicle maintenance & repair
2.8 % 2.6 % 2.3 % 2.7 % 2 % 2.2 %
Public transportation
0.2 % -2 % -1.7 % 0.4 % -0.5 % -0.2 %
             
Medical care
1.7 % 1.9 % 2 % 2 % 1.7 % 1.7 %
Medical care commodities
-1.1 % -0.3 % -0.5 % 0.6 % 0.7 % 0.7 %
Medical care services
2.4 % 2.4 % 2.6 % 2.4 % 1.9 % 2 %
Professional services
0.1 % 1.2 % 1 % 0.2 % 0.8 % 0.9 %
Hospital & related services
2 % 2.3 % 3.7 % 3.5 % 3.3 % 3.8 %
               
Recreation
- % - % - % - % - % - %
Video & audio
0.3 % 0.4 % - % -0.4 % -0.6 % -0.7 %
             
Education & communication
0.6 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.9 % 1.2 %
Education
-0.5 % -4.5 % -3.3 % 0.2 % -3.3 % -1.9 %
Educational books & supplies
0.8 % -0.7 % 1 % -0.3 % 0.7 % 1.8 %
Tuition other school fees & childcare
0.3 % 2.8 % 2.7 % 0.1 % 2.6 % 2.6 %
             
Communication
-1.2 % -1.7 % -1.8 % -1.7 % -0.4 % 0.1 %
Information & information processing
-1.5 % -1.8 % -1.9 % -1.8 % -0.5 % 0.1 %
Telephone services
- % -2.3 % -2.4 % 0.1 % -0.2 % 0.4 %
Information technology hardware & services
-0.5 % -1 % -0.9 % -1.3 % -1.1 % -0.5 %
Personal computers & peripheral equi.
- % - % -3 % 1.1 % -4 % -2.6 %
             
Other goods & services
- % - % - % - % - % - %
Tobacco & smoking products
3.7 % 3.4 % 3.4 % 3.4 % 3.2 % 3.2 %
Personal care
1.9 % 1.5 % 1.8 % 1.8 % 1.5 % 1.9 %
Personal care products
-0.4 % -0.3 % -0.4 % 0.1 % -0.4 % - %
Personal care services
0.3 % 3.2 % 3.6 % 0.1 % 3.1 % 2.6 %
Miscellaneous personal services
0.7 % 4.1 % 4.7 % 0.2 % 4.4 % 4 %
Commodities
-0.2 % -0.3 % 0.4 % 1.2 % 2.2 % 1.5 %
Energy index
-5 % -4.8 % -0.3 % 3.1 % 8.9 % 4.8 %


Consumer Price Index M/M
Consumer Price Indexes
CPI
(Month on Month change, % )
Feb. 2019
final
Jan. 2019
final
Dec. 2018
final
Nov. 2018
final
Oct. 2018
final
Sep. 2018
final
All Items
0.2 % - % - % - % 0.3 % 0.1 %
All items ex. Food and energy
0.1 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.1 %
Food & beverages
0.4 % 0.2 % 0.3 % 0.2 % -0.1 % - %
Food at home
0.4 % 0.1 % 0.3 % 0.2 % -0.2 % -0.1 %
Meats poultry fish & eggs
0.2 % 0.6 % 0.1 % 0.3 % - % -1 %
Nonalcoholic beverages & beverage materials
0.7 % 0.8 % 0.2 % -0.4 % 0.2 % 0.6 %
Alcoholic beverages
0.2 % - % 0.1 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.5 %
Food away from home
0.4 % 0.3 % 0.4 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.2 %
             
Housing
0.2 % 0.2 % 0.4 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.1 %
Shelter
0.3 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
Lodging away from home
1.3 % 0.5 % 2.7 % -2.1 % -2.1 % -1 %
Fuels & utilities
-0.5 % -0.6 % 1 % 0.5 % 1.3 % -0.6 %
Household energy
-0.6 % -0.6 % 1.3 % 0.3 % 1.7 % -0.8 %
Fuel oil & other fuels
2.6 % -1.3 % -9.4 % -2.9 % 3.7 % 0.3 %
Energy services
-0.8 % -0.5 % 1.5 % 0.4 % 1.7 % -0.8 %
Water & sewer & trash collection
0.1 % -0.5 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.1 %
Household furnishings & operations
0.1 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.3 % 0.2 %
             
Apparel
0.3 % 1.1 % - % -0.9 % 0.1 % 0.9 %
Mens & boys apparel
3.4 % -0.3 % -0.6 % 1.7 % 1.7 % 2.2 %
Womens & girls apparel
-0.9 % 1.5 % 0.2 % -1.3 % -1.3 % 1.4 %
Infants & toddlers apparel
2.4 % -2.1 % 1.2 % 0.8 % 0.8 % 1.8 %
Footwear
0.1 % 2.5 % - % -0.3 % -0.3 % -1.4 %
             
Transportation
0.1 % -1.3 % -2 % -0.8 % 1.1 % -0.3 %
Private transportation
0.1 % -1.3 % -2 % -0.8 % 1.2 % -0.4 %
New & used motor vehicles
-0.6 % 0.1 % - % 0.8 % 0.7 % -1.1 %
New vehicles
-0.2 % 0.2 % - % - % -0.2 % -0.1 %
Used cars & trucks
-0.7 % 0.1 % -0.5 % 2.4 % 2.6 % -3 %
Motor fuel
1.5 % -5.5 % -5.7 % -4.1 % 3 % -0.2 %
Gasoline all types
1.5 % -5.5 % -5.8 % -4.2 % 3 % -0.2 %
Motor vehicle parts & equipment
0.1 % 0.3 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.3 % 0.2 %
Motor vehicle maintenance & repair
0.4 % 0.4 % -0.1 % 0.4 % 0.2 % 0.5 %
Public transportation
0.2 % -0.8 % -0.9 % -0.1 % -0.1 % 0.4 %
             
Medical care
-0.2 % 0.2 % 0.3 % 0.4 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
Medical care commodities
-1 % 0.1 % -0.4 % 0.4 % -0.1 % -0.1 %
Medical care services
- % 0.3 % 0.4 % 0.4 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
Professional services
0.1 % 0.2 % 0.1 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
Hospital & related services
-0.7 % -0.3 % 0.5 % 0.5 % - % -0.3 %
               
Recreation
-0.9 % 0.3 % 1.3 % -0.5 % -0.5 % -0.6 %
Video & audio
-0.3 % 0.5 % 0.2 % 0.1 % -0.1 % 0.6 %
             
Education & communication
0.2 % 0.2 % 0.1 % -0.5 % -0.1 % 0.1 %
Education
-0.5 % -0.8 % 0.7 % -1.5 % -1.5 % 0.2 %
Educational books & supplies
0.8 % -0.9 % 1.1 % -0.8 % -0.8 % -0.3 %
Tuition other school fees & childcare
0.3 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.2 % 0.1 %
             
Communication
- % - % - % -1.1 % -0.4 % 0.2 %
Information & information processing
-0.1 % - % - % -1.2 % -0.4 % 0.2 %
Telephone services
- % - % -0.1 % -0.2 % -0.2 % 0.1 %
Information technology hardware & services
-0.1 % - % 0.3 % -0.4 % -0.8 % 0.3 %
Personal computers & peripheral equi.
- % - % 1.4 % -1.6 % -1.6 % 1.1 %
             
Other goods & services
0.5 % 0.2 % -0.1 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.1 %
Tobacco & smoking products
0.5 % 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.4 % 1.3 % 0.3 %
Personal care
0.6 % 0.2 % -0.1 % 0.3 % -0.1 % 0.1 %
Personal care products
-0.4 % 0.4 % - % -0.2 % -0.2 % 0.1 %
Personal care services
0.3 % 0.1 % 0.4 % 0.6 % 0.6 % 0.1 %
Miscellaneous personal services
0.7 % -0.3 % 0.1 % 0.5 % 0.5 % 0.2 %
Commodities
0.2 % -0.3 % -0.7 % -0.3 % 0.5 % -0.2 %
Energy index
0.4 % -3.1 % -2.6 % -2.2 % 2.4 % -0.5 %

Source: Department of Labor




             
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