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    by Published on July 22nd, 2014 09:17 PM
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    The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

    In contrast to the broad-based increase last month, the June seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was primarily driven by the gasoline index. It ...
    by Published on July 22nd, 2014 09:04 PM
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    Address to The Anika Foundation Luncheon
    Supported by Australian Business Economists and Macquarie Bank

    Sydney - 22 July 2014

    Thank you for once again coming to support the Anika Foundation[1], on the eighth of these annual fundraising occasions.

    Once again my topic is ‘challenges for economic policy’. It always seems as though there are some challenges to talk about.

    The challenges I want to focus on are those involved in dealing with and then recovering from the financial crisis that enveloped the major European countries and the United States (US) (and, briefly, the whole world) in late 2008. ...
    by Published on July 19th, 2014 01:49 PM
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    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.4% in the 12 months to June, following a 2.3% increase in May.

    Chart description: The 12-month change in the Consumer Price Index

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    12-month change in the major components

    Prices increased in all major components in the 12 months to June. Higher prices for shelter, food and transportation contributed the most to the rise in the CPI.

    Chart description: Prices increase in all major components
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    Shelter costs rose 2.9% on a year-over-year basis in June, following a 3.4% increase in May. Consumers paid more for natural gas ...
    by Published on July 18th, 2014 09:24 PM

    Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District

    Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and based on information collected before July 7, 2014. This document summarizes comments received from businesses and other contacts outside the Federal Reserve and is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials.

    All twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic activity continued to expand since the previous report. The pace of economic growth was characterized as moderate in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco, while the remaining Districts reported modest expansion. Compared to the previous reporting period, Boston and ...
    by Published on July 17th, 2014 09:07 PM
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    June 2014 - Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.5% EU up to 0.7%

    Euro area1 annual inflation was 0.5% in June 20142, stable compared with May. A year earlier the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in June 2014.

    European Union1 annual inflation was 0.7% in June 2014, up from 0.6% in May. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. ...

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