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Why did inflation increase in April?

Tracey Samuelson May 17, 2016
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 Clothes are displayed at a Manhattan store on May 17, 2016 in New York, New York. Consumer prices are up, according to the consumer price index. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why did inflation increase in April?

Tracey Samuelson May 17, 2016
 Clothes are displayed at a Manhattan store on May 17, 2016 in New York, New York. Consumer prices are up, according to the consumer price index. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Consumer prices were up in April, the Labor Department reported Tuesday but that doesn’t mean you should panic over inflation, yet.

The latest consumer price index, or CPI, increased by 0.4 percent in April. The seemingly small gain is actually the largest monthly increase in more than three years. But inflation is still low — this brings the total increase over the last year to 1.1 percent. Click the audio player above to hear more about what drove price increases and what didn’t. Spoiler alert: energy prices were a big factor.

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