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US consumer prices rise just 0.2 percent in September as inflation remains mild

U.S. consumer prices increased only slightly in September as higher energy costs were offset by flat food prices. The figures are the latest evidence that slow economic growth is keeping inflation tame.

The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in September, up from 0.1 percent in August. Higher gas, electricity and other energy costs rose 0.8 percent, making up about half the overall increase.

In the past year, consumer prices have increased just 1.2 percent. That's the smallest 12-month gain since April, and it's below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation target.

Excluding volatile food and energy costs, core prices rose just 0.1 percent and are up 1.7 percent in the past 12 months.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.95% dw 4.15%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.05% dw 3.11%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.53% up 4.22%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.71% up 3.19%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.38% up 3.19%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.31% up 4.30%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.06% -- 4.06%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.05% dw 5.08%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.49% dw 4.50%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.51% dw 4.52%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.94% -- 2.94%  
36 M Used Graph 3.46% -- 3.46%  
48 M New Graph 3.22% -- 3.22%  
48 M Used Graph 3.04% -- 3.04%  
60 M New Graph 3.24% -- 3.24%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.38% -- 0.38%  
1 yr Graph 0.71% -- 0.71%  
5 yr Graph 1.50% dw 1.52%  

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