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The inflation cooldown we’ve been waiting for?
May 15, 2024

The inflation cooldown we’ve been waiting for?

Retail sales were flat and some food prices even fell in April. But the housing market isn't following suit.

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The problem of sticky inflation resides with housing, Fed's Goolsbee says

May 15, 2024
Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee talks the latest CPI release and what it means for the Fed's continued fight against inflation.
Austan Goolsbee, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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In April, grocery store prices were flat — or even lower

May 15, 2024
Consumers tend to be very sensitive to food costs. Fresh edibles like fruit, vegetables and meat saw substantial declines.
The prices of fresh food like fruit, vegetables and meat saw some of the biggest decreases.
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A greater percentage of women are working than ever before

May 15, 2024
What's behind the surge in women workers? And will the numbers keep climbing?
Some factors that have increased women's labor participation: a tight labor market, higher wages and more jobs with flexible work-from-home options.
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Retail sales figures suggest consumers are pulling back

May 15, 2024
The latest figures, for April, suggest that rising prices, high interest rates and depleted pandemic savings may finally be weighing on spending.
In surveys, consumers report they’re increasingly worn down by inflation, said Morning Consult's Claire Tassin.
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Comic prices are going up. This shop's solution? Subscriptions

“Prices in comics have gone up slightly, but I’ve pivoted the way I’ve done business a little bit. ” said Phillip Rollins, owner of the record and comic shop OffBeat in Jackson, Mississippi. ” I’ve garnered a base of about 30 dedicated subscribers to comics that come out monthly now, and so it’s a better return.”

Music from the episode

"Mirage" Toro Y Moi
"Mystik" Tash Sultana
"Lovin" MillionYoung

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Sofia Terenzio Assistant Producer
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer