This morning’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report shows inflation at 8.3% in August – compared to 8.5% in July – driven largely by decreasing gas prices. However, monthly inflation increased 0.1% in August, as declining gas prices were offset by price increases for food, shelter, and services. Core inflation, which excludes volatile gas and food prices, increased to 6.3% over the past year, above the 5.9% reported in July.
Groundwork’s Chief Economist Rakeen Mabud responded to today’s report with the following statement:
“Gas prices are down, pandemic supply chain snarls are starting to ease, and shipping costs are coming down for companies, but sky-high costs for food and shelter continue to slam family budgets.
“These stubbornly high prices are no surprise given what we’re hearing on corporate earnings calls: Companies are determined to keep prices high because it means bigger profits for themselves and massive payouts to their shareholders. Policymakers must rein in the corporate profiteering that is driving painful prices and record profits.”
Email email@example.com to speak to Dr. Mabud about today’s CPI report and go to endcorporateprofiteering.org to learn more about the link between corporate profiteering and stubbornly high prices.
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