Rising shelter, healthcare costs lift US consumer inflation in December

WASHINGTON, Jan 11( Reuters)-U.S. consumer prices increased further than anticipated in December, with Americans paying further for sanctum and healthcare, suggesting it was presumably too early for the Federal Reserve to start cutting interest rates.  

Prospects for a rate cut in March were also tempered by other data on Thursday showing the labor request remained fairly tight at the launch of this time, with the number of people filing new claims for severance benefits suddenly falling last week. The data followed news last Friday that the frugality added 216,000 jobs in November and periodic pay envelope growth picked up that and also the tractors.


" The final stretch of the path back to the 2 affectation target could be harder than the request is anticipating," said Ryan Brandham, head of global capital requests, North America, at Validus Risk Management. 


The consumer price indicator( CPI) rose 0.3 last month after nudging up 0.1 in November, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The cost of sanctum, which includes rents, hostel and motel stays as well as academy casing, reckoned for further than half of the increase in the CPI. 


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Persistently high affectation poses a trouble to President Joe Biden's prospects for reelection latterly this time. Frustration over the rising cost of living has counted on Biden's fashionability, indeed as other aspects of the frugality, including the labor request, have remained favourable. 


Gasoline prices rebounded 0.2 after dropping 6.0 in November. Food prices rose 0.2 for a alternate straight month. Grocery food affectation nudged up 0.1, matching the previous month's gain. Egg prices surged 8.9 as the spread of avian flu disintegrated egg- laying operations at some marketable granges. 

Meat and dairy products also bring more. But breakfast cereals dropped 2.4, the largest drop since January 2007. Vegetables were also a bit cheaper. In the 12 months through December, the CPI rose 3.4 after adding 3.1 in November. Economists polled by Reuters had read the CPI would gain 0.2 on the month and climb 3.2 on a time- on- time base. 


Since decelerating to an periodic increase of 3.0 last June, farther progress towards lower consumer affectation has been limited by persistently high rents. The periodic increase in consumer prices has cooled from a peak of 9.1 in June 2022. 


Affectation equaled 4.1 in 2023, down from 8.0 in 2022. 


fiscal requests still see further than a 60 chance of a rate cut at the Fed's March 19- 20 policy meeting, according to CME Group's FedWatch Tool. The Fed has hiked its policy rate by 525 base points to the current 5.25-5.50 range since March 2022. 


Stocks on Wall Street were trading lower. The bone rose against a hand-basket of currencies. Longer- dated U.S. Treasury prices fell. 


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Banning the unpredictable food and energy factors, the CPI rose 0.3 last month after climbing by the same periphery in November. The so- called core CPI was driven by advanced sanctum costs, which increased 0.5 after climbing by 0.4 in November. 


possessors' original rent, a measure of the quantum homeowners would pay to rent or would earn from renting their property, also rose 0.5 after a analogous gain in the previous month. 


Reimbursement affectation has remained elevated despite anecdotal substantiation suggesting that rent asking prices were going down. Rent measures in the CPI tend to lag the independent needles by several months. There's also a large stock of apartment structures in the channel, adding to economists' prospects that rents will lead affectation lower this time. 


Services affectation remained sticky, gaining a solid 0.5, which also reflected a 0.6 increase in healthcare costs. Airline fares rebounded 1.0. Banning rents, services increased 0.6, matching November's rise. 


Goods price deflation stalled amid the alternate straight yearly increase in the cost of habituated buses and exchanges, which further than offset declines in ménage furnishing and vesture. Goods prices rose 0.1 after dropping 0.7 in November. Core goods prices were unchanged after falling 0.3 in the previous month. 


" Until we see farther progress on services affectation, the Fed will probably be bothered about upside pitfalls to affectation," said Stephen Juneau, a U.S. economist at Bank of America Securities in New York. 


The overall core CPI advanced 3.9 on a time- on- time base in December, the lowest gain since May 2021, after rising 4.0 in November. Though consumer prices remain elevated, measures tracked by theU.S. central bank for its 2 affectation target have bettered significantly. 


Grounded on the CPI data, economists estimated that the core particular consumption expenditures( PCE) price indicator rose 0.2 in December after gaining 0.1 in November. Rents, which regard for a larger share of the CPI hand-basket, have a lower weighting in the PCE price indicator. 


In the 12 months through December, the core PCE price indicator is read to increase 3.0 after advancing 3.2 in November. 


The release of patron price data on Friday will offer further suggestions on the December PCE price indicator data, which is due to be released latterly this month. With the flexible labor request keeping pay envelope growth elevated, some economists anticipate a rate cut in May or June. 


The labor request is gradationally easing as layoffs remain low by literal morals. 

In a separate report on Thursday, the Labor Department said original claims for state severance benefits fell 1,000 to a seasonally acclimated 202,000 for the week endedJan. 6. 


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Economists had read 210,000 claims for the rearmost week. 


Claims data tend to be unpredictable at the launch of the time. Forms remain in the lower end of the 194,000- 265,000 range that prevailed in 2023. Employers are hoarding workers following difficulties chancing labor in the fate of the COVID- 19 epidemic, keeping a recession at bay. 


The number of people entering benefits after an original week of aid, a deputy for hiring, dropped 34,000 to 1.834 million during the week ending Dec. 30, the claims report showed. 


" It does appear that conditions in the labor requests are remaining enough favourable," said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.



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