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Consumer Prices Plateau as Inflation Slows to Prepandemic Levels

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After a period of steep inflation, Americans have seen monthly price growth ease, but when will things get back to normal?The inflation benchmark, measuring price growth over a year, hit a 40-year high in June after months of sustained price increases.

Since then, monthly gains have slowed. While December 2022 prices were up 6.5% from a year earlier, a Wall Street Journal analysis of Labor Department data indicates that annual growth has eased to levels that existed before the pandemic.

Inflation observed during the past six months would extend to prices rising 1.9% over the course of a year, close to the average annual rate of 1.7% between 2010 and 2020.

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