US consumer prices rose 0.1% in March, the US department f Labor delivered today. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.3% as compared to March 2009, signaling that the US economy is picking up strongly after the worst recession since World War II. The core index excluding fuel and food showed the same monthly reading signaling a 1.1% surging on yearly adjusted basis. The core CPI rate rose 1.1% from March 2009, after a 1.3% surge the previous month. The gain for the year to March turned out to be the smallest in last 6 years. The result was predicted by economists. 0.1% inflation remains within the frames forecast by the US government.
This spring such retailers as Home Depot and Wal Mart Stores offer a variety of discount programs encouraging retail sales.
CPI is a basic economic indicator measuringchange of retail prices for goods and services including food, clothes, fuel, transport, medical services etc.