By Jeff Cox, CNBC.com Senior Writer
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- The good news for consumers is that gasoline prices are on a steady pattern lower. The bad news is you can't eat gas. So even as the pressure at the pump likely will continue to ease in the months ahead, economists believe it will be offset by a rise in food prices, which face a variety of pressures that will make inflation a lingering headache. "Any benefit from lower energy prices will be absorbed by higher food and core inflation," Deutsche Bank economist Carl Riccadonna said in a recent analysis. "While some policymakers, including (Federal Reserve) Chairman (Ben) Bernanke, remain optimistic that transitory inflation pressures will recede in the coming months, we are less confident that such a development will occur."
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