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U.S. Wholesale Inflation Still Mild Despite Increase

U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly in January after three straight declines, the latest sign that inflation is posing no threat. It means the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates at record lows without worrying about igniting inflation. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index rose 0.2 percent last month, the first increase since September. Gasoline and other energy prices fell, while food prices jumped 0.7 percent after dropping sharply in December.

Ahead of Super Bowl, Chicken Wing Prices Hit Record Highs

The National Chicken Council has released its projections for chicken-wing consumption on Super Bowl weekend, a staggering 1.23 billion wings. But it's the cost of the appetizer that's the real story: Wholesale chicken wings are now more expensive than they've ever been.

Falling Food, Gas Costs Push U.S. Wholesale Prices Lower Again

U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row in December, propelled by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame, which means consumers have more money to spend. Low inflation also gives the Federal Reserve more freedom to keep interest rates low.

Walmart Takes Another Bite Out of Its Grocery Prices

If you shop at Walmart for groceries, your food bill is about to shrink. The nation's largest retail chain is looking to provide some extra financial relief to its shoppers by offering lower prices on grocery items every day, Reuters reports.

Rising Food Costs Will Eat Into McDonald's Profits

McDonald's expects food costs to rise between 4% and 4.5% in the U.S. and Europe this year, which puts the fast food leader between a rock and a hard place: Leave prices the same, and profit margins suffer. Raise them, and cash-strapped customers may start foregoing their Big Macs.

Two Years After the Bottom: What's Ahead for Stocks?

Two years after the markets hit bottom on March 9, 2009, stock prices have rebounded significantly. But will the bull market keep rolling, or is a bear around the corner? Truth is, there's just as much uncertainty now as there was then.

Producer Price Index Rose 1.1% in December

Wholesale prices in December posted their biggest increase in nearly a year, lifted by more expensive energy and food costs. But most other prices were largely well behaved, suggesting inflation isn't spreading through the economy.

November's Producer Price Rise Aids the Deflation Fight

Led by a jump in energy, producer prices rose 0.8% in November -- a gain that suggests policymakers may be winning their battle to avoid deflation. It's the straight monthly rise. However, minus energy and food increases, inflation pretty much vanishes.

Retailers Cut Corners to Avoid Apparel Price Hikes

Expect your T-shirts to get a little bit thinner next year -- and maybe even a little more expensive. Apparel retailers are looking high and low for ways to keep from passing on too much of their own rising costs to consumers. The trick: Doing it without compromising on quality.

October's 0.4% PPI Increase: Enough for the Fed?

Producer prices rose less than expected, with much of the increase coming from energy prices. Excluding food and energy, the PPI fell 0.6% in the month. Overall, wholesale prices are up just 1.5% in the past year -- still too close to deflation for the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Mild Producer Price Hikes Ease Deflation Concerns

Producer prices rose a higher-than-expected 0.4% in September, but the core rate rose just 0.1%, the Labor Department said. The price increases point to a low-inflation environment, easing concerns that the world%u2019s largest economy will lapse into a dangerous deflationary spiral.

U.S. PPI Ticked Up in July, Easing Deflation Concern

Producer prices, which rose less than expected in July, with the core level rising a higher-than-expected 0.3%. Low inflation -- not delfation -- is probably just what the U.S. Federal Reserve wants at this stage of the recovery.

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%.