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Price trends will challenge sustained retail gains

Consumer price trends
Consumer price pressures edged higher through the end of 2017 in ways that remain a threat to retail goods most of all.

Price inflation rose in food and energy and remained elevated in services—in stark contrast to prices that continued to decline among goods (as measured year-to-year through December).

As a result, sales of retail and consumer goods will face continuing pressure going forward as price trends give consumers—particularly lower-income—reason to economize on discretionary goods to pay for higher prices for food, fuel, and services.

These price trends will be among the factors that make it difficult for the retail sector—especially brick and mortar retailers—to sustain the healthy sales gains evident through the holiday. See more about holiday sales here.

Here is more on what the latest numbers on consumer prices say about:

These results are based on MacroSavvy’s analysis of latest Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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