The monthly gain was largely attributed to an increase in consumer energy prices. Energy prices in the US rose 4.4%, the biggest gain since November. Gasoline prices also rose, at a seasonally-adjusted 5.7% for the month.
Food prices ticked 0.3% higher, with beef prices up 1.5%, while dairy, pork and fruit prices fell.
Prices for bread and cereal rose 1.6%.
Apparel prices fell 0.3% and are down 0.6% in the past year.
Prices for medical care increased 0.2% and have risen just 1.8% on an annualized basis over the past three months. Drug prices fell 0.7%.
New vehicle prices fell 0.1%, while air fares soared 3.2%, the biggest gain in six years.
Recreation prices rose 0.1%, while education and communication prices grew 0.4%.
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