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10 Consumer Price Trends
By Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For recession-weary Americans cutting back on household expenses, a new report on consumer prices offers a few hints: Eat in, not out; buy produce, not meat; and think about buying a new car instead of settling for that used jalopy. Those examples of which costs are rising or falling come from Wednesday's Labor Department report on the Consumer Price Index. Here are some other interesting details on the consumer price report, by the numbers. INFLATION OR DEFLATION?+0.4%: August change in the Consumer Price Index -1.5%: The change in CPI in the year that ended Aug. 31. Much of the change came from gas prices falling after last year's record highs. +0.1%: August change in core CPI, which excludes food and energy — two areas where prices tend to be volatile. +1.4%: The change in core prices during the year that ended Aug. 31.