CPI Rises As-Expected 0.2%

The core rate came in at 0.2%, also matching expectations.
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Consumer prices rose only modestly in October, offering evidence that could lead the

Federal Reserve

to alter its long-standing view that inflation remains a danger to the U.S. economy.

The

Consumer Price Index

rose 0.2% in October, following a larger-than-expected 0.5%

rise in September, the

Labor Department

said Thursday. The core CPI -- which excludes the often-volatile food and energy sector and gives a clearer picture of inflation -- also rose by 0.2%, compared with a 0.3% rise in September.

Both the headline and core CPI figures matched the expectations of economists polled by

Reuters

.

The data comes a day after the Federal Reserve met in Washington and kept interest rates

unchanged. The Fed did not, however, change its view that inflation remained a danger.

Over the last 17 months the Fed has raised rates six times in an effort to cool the economy and engineer its "soft landing" scenario of moderate growth. In recent weeks, it appears the Fed's efforts have succeeded and now many economists expect an interest rate reduction in the first half of next year.

The Labor Department said energy prices -- which surged 3.8% in September -- slowed to a 0.2% rise in October. Economists had feared that rising oil prices could lead to general price inflation.