Rental-car companies crash used-car auctions to find scarce vehicles

May 4, 2021
The price of used vehicles is up 32% since January.
Rental rates and the prices of used cars could remain high over the summer.
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Lumber isn't the only thing that's getting more expensive for contractors

Apr 22, 2021
Everything that goes into a building project, from diesel fuel to plastics to gypsum for drywall, is getting more expensive.
Sharply rising prices for all kinds of raw materials are hurting residential and commercial builders alike.
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How will inflation move in post-COVID recovery?

Apr 16, 2021
Will we see prices rising into 2022? And would larger-than-expected spikes in inflation be noticeable to consumers?
"The overall pattern of inflation, many things will not be noticeably more expensive," says Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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Consumer prices jump 0.6% in March, biggest gain since 2012

Apr 13, 2021
The gains are largely expected to be a temporary blip rather than a reawakening of dormant inflation.
Gasoline price spikes accounted for about half of the monthly increase in consumer prices, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
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Inflation, after the pandemic, is going to change. Or is it?

Apr 12, 2021
On Twitter, the White House Council of Economic Advisers says a coming uptick in inflation may not last.
The prices of construction materials like lumber have climbed at alarming rates. Is that likely to last?
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What's in Britain's pandemic-adjusted inflation basket?

Apr 6, 2021
A year into the pandemic, statisticians are recalibrating the algorithms and metrics that measure how healthy our economies are.
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Inflation isn't just about higher prices

Mar 30, 2021
There’s how the government looks at inflation, and then there’s what inflation feels like for you and me.
Gas prices are a key statistic when it comes to inflation, especially for people who do a lot of driving.
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Manufacturing is on a roll, but labor, some supplies run short

Mar 2, 2021
Demand for manufactured goods like automobiles and appliances is starting to create bottlenecks in production.
"It’s just this weird transition from COVID to post-COVID, and one of the near-term impacts is likely to be a little bit of a pop in inflation," said economist Ben Ayers at Nationwide.
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What does inflation look like?

Feb 23, 2021
Inflation’s been hard to find in this economy for years, but what if that changes?
At 2% inflation, the Federal Reserve's target rate, it takes about 35 years for prices to double.
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