producer price index

Inflation Is Quiet. Is Deflation the Main Threat Now?

The producer price index fell 0.5% in June, but the core index, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.1%. That's about as low an inflation rate the Federal Reserve wants to see -- anything lower would amount to deflation: a destructive decline in prices that could sink the economic recovery.

Producer Price Index Falls More than Forecast

U.S. wholesale prices fell a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in June led by lower food and energy prices, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected a decline of 0.1%, according to Briefing.com. This follows a 0.3% decline in May.

Producer Prices Dipped Again as Oil and Food Fall

May%u2019s 0.3% dip in producer prices confirmed that low-inflation conditions continue to dominate in the U.S. economy. And while a sudden price jump is always possible due to a surge in oil prices, for now, deflation is the greater risk.

Still No Sign of Inflation as PPI Drops

More good news for businesses: inflation remains under control at the wholesale level, as producer prices plummeted 0.6% in February. The core rate, which excludes food and energy, rose just 0.1%.

Producer Prices
Inch Higher

Producer prices rose just 0.2% in December to close out a year of low inflation at the wholesale level, something that will help the Fed maintain its low interest rate policy as it seeks to stimulate an economic recovery in the U.S.

Energy Pushes Producer Prices Higher in November

The PPI surged a surprising 1.8 percent. Excluding the often-volatile food and energy component, "core" producer prices rose 0.5 percent. Both measures exceeded expectations of 1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. The New York State manufacturing index also surprised by dropping sharply.

Signs point to deflation ahead

With nearly $13 trillion in fiscal and monetary stimulus added to the U.S. financial system and economy, one would think inflation would be just...

March retail sales show slack demand

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