PRICES & SPENDING   •  Apr 2016  •  Volume 5 / Number 6

The consumer price index continued its slowdown in 2015: energy was the main factor

The consumer price index continued its slowdown in 2015: energy was the main factor

Overall price change remained modest in 2015, as the U.S. All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) posted the second-lowest increase in 50 years. As in 2014, inflation was limited by declining energy prices. Although food prices still increased in 2015, they did so at a substantially lower rate than in 2014. By contrast, the index for all items less food and energy increased at a faster rate in 2015, due in part to higher shelter prices.

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