Check­ing on prices

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - BUSINESS -

The La­bor Depart­ment re­leases its lat­est monthly tally of con­sumer prices today.

Con­sumer prices climbed 0.5 per­cent in Septem­ber, the largest in­crease in eight months. That re­flected a spike in en­ergy prices in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which shut Gulf Coast re­finer­ies and drove up gas prices. Econ­o­mists ex­pect the Oc­to­ber con­sumer price in­dex will show a gain of only 0.1 per­cent.

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