US annual Core PCE inflation rises to 3.5% in June vs. 3.7% expected

Inflation in the US, as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index, stayed unchanged at 0.5% in June, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Friday. On a yearly basis, the PCE Price Index remained steady at 4%. 

More importantly, the annual Core PCE Price Index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge of inflation, edged higher to 3.5% in June from 3.4% in May, coming in lower than the market expectation of 3.7%.

Further details of the publication revealed that the Personal Income increased by 0.1% in the same period while Personal Spending expanded by 1%, compared to analysts’ estimate of 0.7%.

Market reaction

The initial market reaction to this report was largely muted and the US Dollar Index was last seen trading virtually unchanged on the day at 91.89.

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