Consumer prices post smaller-than-expected increase in August

Prices for an array of consumer goods rose less than expected in August in a sign that inflation may be starting to cool, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The consumer price index, which measures a basket of common products as well as various energy goods, increased 5.3% from a year…

Tuesday’s CPI report likely to show inflation continuing to run hot, putting the Fed in tough spot

A customer pushes her shopping cart through the aisles at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian | Reuters Tuesday’s report of the consumer price index could set the tone for markets ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve meeting, particularly if it is hotter…