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Prices Flat May To June

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Consumer Price Index was unchanged May to June, holding the 12-month inflation figure at 1.7 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Identical to May, the CPI for all items rose 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment in June. The index for all items minus food and energy, called core prices, rose 0.2 percent.

Over a 12-month period core prices, which are monitored intently by the U.S. Federal Reserve, rose 2.2 percent, slightly above the central bank’s target of 2 percent or lower and a slight drop from May, when the 12-month figure was 2.3 percent.

The energy index for the past 12 months ending in June shows a 3.9 percent decline, although energy prices were mixed month-to-month with prices for gasoline down for the third consecutive month and prices for energy services flat.

Food prices rose 0.2 percent month-to-month and posted a 2.7 percent increase from June 2011.

Prices for new and used vehicles indicate consumers are holding onto older cars and buying fewer new ones. For new vehicles, prices rose 0.9 percent over the past 12 months, while prices for used cars and trucks rose 2.3 percent.

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