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CPI data was very weak this morning showing an inability for corporations to pass along higher prices and a general malaise at the consumer level.  With the exception of energy prices (which has been highly volatile) the overall index was little changed and remains very low by just about any metric (via Econoday):

“Consumer price inflation remained somewhat on the warm side, thanks to higher energy costs. However, core inflation eased further to nonexistent. The overall CPI in August posted a 0.3 percent rise, equaling the boost in 2July. The latest gain topped the median forecast for a 0.3 percent advance. Excluding food and energy, CPI inflation slowed to no change, coming in below analysts’ expectations for a 0.1 percent rise. Playing a key role in softening the core rate was an unchanged shelter index.”

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