Washington, Oct 13 (EFE) .- The United States consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% in September, bringing annual inflation to 5.4%, one tenth more than in the previous month, reported today the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most analysts expected an annual inflation rate of 5.3% in September and the official data marked the highest level in 13 years.
If food and fuel prices, which are the most volatile, are excluded, core inflation in September was 0.2%, with an annual rate of 4%.
Energy prices rose 24.8% in September and food prices rose 4.6%, according to the government report. The prices consumers pay for gasoline rose 1.2% last month and are up 42.1% in one year.
The food and housing price indices contributed more than half of the monthly increases.
Inflation is one of the main causes of concern in the US, since it is at levels not seen in more than a decade.
Until now, the Federal Reserve has insisted that the high rates of inflation will be temporary, although the data this Wednesday shows that they do not finish falling as expected by the central bank.
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