RTTNews - Consumer prices showed a modest increase in the month of May, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, with the mild price growth coming in below the expectations of economists.

The report showed that consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent in May after coming in unchanged in April. Economists had been expecting a somewhat more substantial increase in prices of about 0.3 percent.

Core consumer prices, which exclude food and energy prices, also edged up 0.1 percent in May following a 0.3 percent increase in April. The modest increase in core prices came in line with economist estimates.

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