Dollar firms up after US Consumer Prices come in unchanged from January

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in
January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased
1.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The energy index declined for the third consecutive month, offsetting increases
in the indexes for all items less food and energy and for food. All the major
energy component indexes declined in January, with the gasoline index falling
5.5 percent. The food index increased 0.2 percent, with the index for food at
home rising 0.1 percent and the food away from home index increasing 0.3 percent. 

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2 percent in January
for the fourth consecutive month. The indexes for shelter, apparel, medical care,
recreation, and household furnishings and operations were among the indexes that
rose in January, while the indexes for airline fares and for motor vehicle
insurance declined.   

The all items index increased 1.6 percent for the 12 months ending January, the
smallest increase since the period ending June 2017. The index for all items
less food and energy rose 2.2 percent over the last 12 months, the same increase
as the 12 months ending November and December 2018. The food index rose
1.6 percent over the past year, while the energy index declined 4.8 percent. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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