Consumer Prices Rise At Slower Rate In April

A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the index has eased slightly from March, but is still 2.6 percent higher than 2006.

WASHINGTON - The Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers rose 0.4 percent in April, after rising 0.6 percent in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At 206.686, the index is 2.6 percent higher than year-ago levels.

The index for urban wage earners and clerical workers also increased, rising 0.5 percent. At 202.130, the index was 2.5 percent higher than April 2006.

The index for energy was up 2.4 percent, following a 5.9 percent increase in March. The index for petroleum-based energy was up 4.6 percent. The index for food was up 0.4 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy was up 0.2 percent.

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