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U.S. Inflation Gauge Grows in February


U.S. inflationary pressures were up in February, as the U.S. future inflation gauge gained to 105.1 from an upwardly revised 103.4 reading in January, according to data released Friday morning by the Economic Cycle Research Institute.

The January reading was first reported as 102.7.

“The USFIG increased further in February to a 16-month high,” ECRI Chief Operations Officer Lakshman Achuthan said in a release. “Thus, underlying inflation pressures, while still relatively restrained, have perked up a bit lately."

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