Read the highlights of this week's commentary from Helios:
In December, monthly inflation declined by 0.1%, and the pace of year-over-year price increases fell to 6.5% from 7.1% in November. Core inflation rose 0.3% on a monthly basis, a bit faster than November’s 0.2% rise. Energy prices fell 4.5%, despite a rise in natural gas prices during the cold weather around Christmas, and prices on used and new cars also fell.
Consumer sentiment improved substantially in the preliminary January report, rising to 64.6, from 59.7, and it is the highest the index has been since April 2022. The report showed respondents have an improved view of the state of their personal finances as well as the long-run economic outlook. The improving inflation picture also appears to be helping with shorter-term inflation expectations, coming down to their lowest levels since April 2021.
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