Consumer prices heated up in July, bucking a 12-month cooling streak
For the first time in more than 12 months, consumer prices heated up on an annual basis.
The Consumer Price Index rose 3.2% for the year through July, up from June’s 3% annual increase, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Persistently high inflation — specifically grocery, gas and rent prices — continues to weigh on consumers, and July’s report exemplifies the lengthy and bumpy process to bring it back to Earth. Prices rose 0.2% on a monthly basis, largely driven by shelter costs.