QUICKEST RISE SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION: May CPI higher than consensus estimates at +5% y/y (+0.6% m/m) vs. +4.7% est. CORE CPI 3.8% ROSE TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1992

Inflation jumps to 5% through April in the quickest rise in consumer prices since the Great Recession

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Inflation rose at a faster rate in May than any time since the Great Recession, as consumer face higher prices for everyday goods and services.

In its report Thursday, the government said that overall consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in May, bringing the inflation rate to 5 percent over the past year, the highest level since August 2008.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food costs, rose 0.7 percent in May after an even bigger jump in April, and is up 3.8 over the past 12 months, the quickest rate since 1992.

The sharp rise in consumer prices reflected a range of goods and services now in growing demand as people increasingly shop, travel, dine out and attend entertainment events in a rapidly reopening economy.


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