Inflation rose more than expected in August, leaving Americans facing even higher prices on a range of everyday purchases, according to newly released federal inflation data.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released the pricing data, which showed the Personal Consumption Expenditure excluding food and energy, a key marker of inflation, rose 0.6%, higher than expected by Dow Jones.
“From the preceding month, the PCE price index for August increased 0.3 percent…” BEA said. “Prices for goods decreased 0.3 percent and prices for services increased 0.6 percent.”
Food prices have risen faster than most other items, making groceries harder for Americans to afford. The overall rise in prices has been in part offset by the recent drop in gas prices from record highs in June. Read more…