Consumer Price Index - CPI (CPIS)

Yahoo  Jul 18  Comment 
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CANBERA (dpa-AFX) - The Canadian dollar resumed its early advance against its major counterparts in early New York deals on Friday, as the nation's consumer price inflation rose to a new 2-year high in June, due higher shelter, food and...
Clusterstock  Jul 18  Comment 
For bacon-lovers, things are only getting worse. According to the June consumer price index report from Canada, the price of bacon increased by 5.8% month-over-month, and 26.8% year-over-year. Last month, the price of bacon surged by 9.3%...  Jul 18  Comment 
CANBERA (dpa-AFX) - Canada CPI for June and wholesale sales for May were released at 8:30 am ET Friday. After these reports, the loonie climbed against the other major currencies. The loonie was trading at 1.0716 against the greenback, 1.4498...  Jul 17  Comment 
VIENNA (dpa-AFX) - Austria's consumer price inflation accelerated in June, figures from Statistics Austria showed Thursday. The consumer price index 1.9 percent year-on-year in June, faster than May's 1.8 percent increase. Food prices...  Jul 17  Comment  Jul 17  Comment 
VIENNA (dpa-AFX) - Final Eurozone consumer price data is among the key economic data due to be released on Thursday, a day light on the economic calendar both in terms of numbers and importance. At 5 am ET, Eurostat is scheduled to release its...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 16  Comment 
A gauge of producer-price inflation ticked higher last month, a new sign that consumer prices could be slowly moving closer to the Federal Reserve's target rate.
The Economic Times  Jul 16  Comment 
"the IIP number for May at 4.7 per cent after nearly 15 quarters, the consumer durable numbers have done positive at 3.2 per cent."


This article is about the Consumer Price Index. For the article on the company with ticker CPI or companies named CPI, see CPI (disambiguation).

The Consumer Price Index (CPI, or headline inflation) provides data on the month-over-month and year-over-year changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. It is the main inflation report for the futures and financial markets. Unexpected rises in this indicator usually lead to falling bond prices, rising interest rates, and increased market volatility.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures two kinds of CPI statistics: CPI for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W), and the chained CPI for all urban consumers (C-CPI-U). Of the two types of CPI, the C-CPI-U is a better representation of the general public, because it accounts for about 87% of the population. On top of that, the BLS also calculates Core CPI Index, which excludes goods with volatile prices like food and energy in order to measure core inflation. Consumer prices are important because consumer buying drives the economy. CPI examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food and medical care. The CPI is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them; the goods are weighted according to their importance. Changes in CPI are used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living.

CPI is one of the most frequently used statistics for identifying periods of inflation or deflation. This is because large rises in CPI during a short period of time typically denote periods of inflation and large drops in CPI during a short period of time usually mark periods of deflation.

Also see the Produce Price Index.

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