Prices in the United States rose by less than expected last month, as inflation in the economy remained tame. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) inched up 0.1% last month, only a slight improvement on a stagnant June figure. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.2% month-on-month increase.
Inflation in the United States slowed in April, mainly due to smaller price rises in fuel and food. Consumer prices rose 0.4% in April, having risen 0.5% in March, according to figures from the Labour Department.
The recent hike in oil prices will likely cause a “temporary and relatively modest increase in U.S. consumer price inflation,” but sustained increases could pose a more serious threat to the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said earlier this week.