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Consumer Prices Jump 0.8 Percent in April as Worries Escalate

Traders work on the floor in the New York Stock Exchange, N.Y., on May 7, 2021. (Nicole Pereira/New York Stock Exchange via AP)


WASHINGTON—U.S. consumer prices surged 0.8 percent in April, pushing the rise in inflation over the past year to the fastest rate in more than a decade, an acceleration that has stirred rising worries about its effect on the economy.

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that the price consumers pay for their purchases of everything from food and clothes to new cars rose at a faster pace than last month’s 0.6 percent rise.

Over the past 12 months, prices are up 4.2 percent—the fastest rise since a 4.9 percent gain in the 12 months…

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