U.S. Inflation Picked Up in August
Inflation picked up in August as gas prices jumped, but underlying price pressures stayed mostly mild.
The consumer-price index report comes a week before the Fed’s two-day policy meeting. Officials are likely to hold interest rates steady while debating whether another increase in November or December will be needed to maintain recent progress slowing inflation and economic activity.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had estimated consumer prices rose 0.6% in August from the prior month and 3.6% from a year earlier.
But when excluding volatile food and energy items, those...