Key inflation gauge rose faster than expected in August
The price of goods and services rose 0.3% in August for a second straight month, slightly faster than the 0.2% expected, according to the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index released Friday.
Why it matters: The measure, which grew 3.6% year-over-year, is the primary way the Federal Reserve watches for inflation.
The big picture: The Fed hinted last month that it could start to wind down its pandemic stimulus programs as soon as November.
What they're saying: Fed chair Jerome Powell said this week that high inflation, driven by supply chain problems, could last longer than officials had anticipated, the Wall Street Journal reported.
- The Fed projected in June that core PCE inflation would grow 3.0% in 2021.