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Rent up, groceries down: Inflation cooled slightly in April but consumers still face a mixed bag

May 15, 2024

Via: NBC News

The consumer price index, the most-watched inflation measurement put out by the U.S. government, declined slightly to 3.4% on a 12-month basis in April as price growth in the economy remained elevated.

Compared with March, prices climbed 0.3%, with rent and gasoline contributing 70% of the monthly increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was down from the 0.4% increase seen between February and March.

Stocks responded positively to the news, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones, and NASDAQ indexes all climbing higher.

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