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Fed's preferred inflation gauge eases in October

An inflation measure that is closely watched by the Federal Reserve moderated in October, evidence that higher consumer prices are continuing to cool.

An inflation measure closely watched by the Federal Reserve eased in October, providing some welcome relief to millions of Americans who have been crushed by higher prices.

The personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index showed that consumer prices were unchanged from the previous month, according to the Labor Department. On an annual basis, prices climbed 3% — down from the 3.5% recorded the previous month.

The figures were both mostly in line with estimates from Refintiv economists.

In another sign the Fed's fight against inflation is making progress, core prices — which strip out the more volatile measurements of food and energy — climbed 0.2% from the previous month and 3.5% from the previous year. It marked the best reading for core inflation since 2021.

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