(Washington Examiner) Annual inflation was negative, at 0.1 percent, thanks to cratering energy prices. (AP Photo)
Consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in March, in line with expectations and signaling that U.S. inflation may be firming up as the winter recedes.
But core inflation, a less-volatile gauge of inflation that strips out the effects of energy and food price changes, rose from 1.7 percent to 1.8 percent, the second straight monthly increase.
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