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March Wholesale Prices Up 0.2%, Below Forecasts

Alex Vellor
08:50am, Thursday, Apr 11, 2024

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March delivered a glimmer of economic optimism as wholesale prices nudged up by a mere 0.2%, suggesting potential ease in inflation concerns. This modest increase, captured in a Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report, undershot the 0.3% forecast and marked a deceleration from February's 0.6% climb. Core inflation, stripping out the unpredictable food and energy sectors, also rose by 0.2%, aligning with expectations.

This encouraging sign of slowing wholesale inflation contrasts with rising anxieties over consumer price surges reported just a day earlier. Despite these consumer price pressures, the subdued wholesale inflation rate fosters hope for a more manageable inflationary environment, potentially influencing the Federal Reserve's interest rate strategies amidst its ongoing efforts to stabilize the economy.

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