Price Trends

Consumer price trends

Price threats persist, despite subsiding inflation

Overall consumer price pressure continued to ease through the summer, but remains a real threat to consumer spending in certain categories and a re-emerging threat in food and fuel. Despite the subsiding price pressure, expect the Federal Reserve to remain intent…


Consumer price trends

Fuel and food prices are a re-emerging threat

Overall price pressures eased a bit in March, but the underlying numbers suggest consumer spending will increasingly be squeezed by higher prices for fuel and food—as well as by prices for services. Higher prices for fuel—up about 20% from a year…


Consumer price trends

Food Prices at Core of Divergence in Eating Out vs At Home

Deeper declines in food prices at grocery stores. Rising restaurant prices. The combination found in the latest CPI numbers explain a big part of the diverging performance evident in the latest retail spending trends (found here). The spending trends show a...
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Consumer price trends

Key Impact on Consumer Trends: Food, Medical Prices

The impact of falling food prices and rising medical prices on consumer buying decisions struck harder in July. Price trends continue to give households incentives to economize on consumables to pay for other spending. Rising prices for medical care and prescription...
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Consumer price trends

Falling Food Prices Are Good News and Bad News

A steeper decline in food prices in May is good news for consumers, bad news for grocery retailers, and a key reason why overall inflation pressures remain weak. The food price falloff is helping households offset higher prices elsewhere, including a...
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Consumer price trends

Where Price Trends Are a Strain on Households

Higher prices to eat out and travel about may put some pressure on household spending going forward, based on a first look at the latest consumer price numbers. The good news is that inflation excluding food and fuel—the so-called core inflation...
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Consumer price trends

Falling Food Prices Lead Letup in Price Pressures

The sharper decline in consumer food prices in March is a clue to weak sales at supermarkets and other retailers that sell food—as well as welcome news for household budgets. Falling food prices partly explain the weak retail sales results in...
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