US Consumer Price Index increased 0.2% in March from February on seasonally adjusted basis, 1.5% over last 12 months without seasonal adjustment; increases in shelter, food indexes accounted for most of monthly increase: Dept. of Labor

WASHINGTON , April 15, 2014 (press release) – The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Increases in the shelter and food indexes accounted for most of the seasonally adjusted all items increase. The food index increased 0.4 percent in March, with several major grocery store food groups increasing notably. The energy index, in contrast, declined slightly in March as decreases in the gasoline and fuel oil indexes more than offset increases in the indexes for electricity and natural gas.

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