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U.S. Inflation Charges Higher With Larger-Than-Forecast Gain

  • Price index posts largest 12-month increase since 1982
  • Traders boost expectations for half-point Fed hike in March
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U.S. CPI Tops 7%, Blowing Away Expectations
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U.S. consumer prices surged in January by more than expected, sending the annual inflation rate to a fresh four-decade high and adding more urgency to the Federal Reserve’s plans to start raising interest rates.

The consumer price index climbed 7.5% from a year earlier following a 7% annual gain in December, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. The widely followed inflation gauge rose 0.6% in January from a month earlier, reflecting broad increases that included higher food, electricity and housing costs.