Inflation picks up for second time this year

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 3.7% in August.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 3.7% in August, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is a 0.5% increase compared to July (when it rose by 3.2%) and is the second consecutive month it has gone up (after 12 months of decline).

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The Bureau report showed that the gasoline index was the largest contributor, accounting for more than half of the increase. Similarly, it explained that the food index increased by 0.2% in August, as it did in July.

Meanwhile, core inflation, a measure of cost increases that removes energy and food prices because of their volatility, rose 4.3%.

The data comes after a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve of New York was published. It revealed that 41% of American households said they were worse off financially compared to the previous year.

The survey — called Consumer Expectations — also found that nearly 30 percent of respondents expect to be worse off next year. Likewise, its revenue growth was negative, falling 0.3% in August (to 2.9%) compared to July of this year. This is the lowest level perceived since July 2021:

Households' perceptions about their current financial situation and expectations for the future also deteriorated.