Inflation Feed

Strong auto purchases buoy U.S. retail sales; inflation stirring | Reuters

U.S. retail sales rebounded in September amid a surge in motor vehicle purchases and a rise in discretionary spending, pointing to sustained domestic demand that reinforces expectations of an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve in December.

Other data on Friday suggested a pickup in inflation, with producer prices rising broadly last month to record their biggest year-on-year increase since December 2014. The reports were the latest indication that the economy regained momentum in the third quarter after a lackluster first-half performance.

The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.6 percent after declining 0.2 percent in August. Sales were up 2.7 percent from a year ago.


Wholesale Prices in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast in September - Bloomberg

Wholesale prices in the U.S. rose by more than projected in September, helped by higher costs for energy and food and indicating inflation may be picking up.

The producer-price index increased 0.3 percent, the first gain in three months, after being little changed in August, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent gain.

More stable commodity costs and a diminishing effect from last year’s surge in the dollar are allowing for more price pressures in the production pipeline. Federal Reserve officials are watching for consumer inflation to make sustained progress toward their 2 percent annual target as they consider raising interest rates by year-end.


Americans Still Wonder if Fed Can Handle Inflation - Rasmussen Reports™

Americans remain highly concerned about inflation and continue to wonder if the Federal Reserve Board has the ability to keep it under control.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of American Adults are concerned about inflation, consistent with monthly surveying for the past three years. This finding includes 37% who are Very Concerned. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not concerned about inflation, but that includes only four percent (4%) who are Not At All Concerned.


US airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation - Yahoo Finance

NEW YORK (AP) -- Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

Airfare has gone up 10.7 percent in the past five years — after adjusting for inflation — according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz


Air Rage: airfares climbing at fastest clip in 15 years | Breakout - Yahoo Finance

Flight cancellations, hour long security lines, endless delays and rapidly rising airline fares are turning the friendly skies into fight club. A day after footage of one man's mile-high meltdown went viral came news that might make you want to throw a seat cushion or two yourself: airline fare prices jumped 6% in May. It's the steepest one-month increase in 15 years.

The price hikes come despite the fact that the U.S. travel experience has in some ways never been worse. Once again this year no U.S. carrier managed to crack the top 20 in a rating of the best airlines by Business Insider. At SkyTrax only Jet Blue and Virgin U.S. qualify for even four stars (out of five) on their ratings of hundreds of global carriers. Those two airlines account for less than 5.2% of U.S. traffic and Virgin isn't even a U.S. company. For the sake of comparison Kazakhstan has the same number of fully domestic based carriers with a four star rating.


AGRIBUSINESS: Retail Beef And Pork At Record Levels |

Short supplies of beef and pork have finally reached the retail level.

After the first quarter of the year, the American Farm Bureau Federation Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson says retail prices for beef and pork cuts have gone into record territory.

Average pork price per pound in March was $3.83, higher than the record level last fall. Beef saw a 23 percent increase compared to the 2010 to 2012 average at $5.40 per pound.


Lockhart Says QE Taper Possible at Any of Next Three Meetings

The Federal Reserve could begin reducing its bond-buying stimulus as early as its September meeting despite inflation being below target, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Tuesday.

U.S. economic performance remains too mixed for Federal Reserve policymakers to lay out a detailed path for reducing and eventually halting their asset-purchasing program next month, Lockhart said.


Pricey Poultry: Why Chicken Has Gotten Expensive | Big Data Download - Yahoo! Finance

Chicken prices have almost doubled in the last two years, leading higher costs for restaurants and chicken lovers alike, and prices don’t seem to be dropping any time soon.

Drought conditions pushed grain prices higher in 2010. And last year's drought-- the worst since the Dust Bowl which decimated farms in the 1930s--made matters worse.


Lundberg: Brace for a Price Jump at the Gas Pump

The average price of U.S. gasoline dipped slightly over the past three weeks due to plentiful supplies, but prices are expected to jump soon as retailers pass on the higher cost of wholesale gasoline to consumers, the Lundberg survey said on Sunday.

Gasoline cost $3.5908 a gallon on average, according to the widely followed survey of about 2,500 retail stations taken on July 12. That is 0.61 cent a gallon cheaper than the last survey on June 21, but still 18.05 cents higher than a year ago.