The Labor Department said Friday that its producer price index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level before it reaches consumers, climbed 0.3% in July from the previous month. On an annual basis, prices are up 0.8%. It marked the first increase in wholesale inflation since June 2022.
Excluding the more volatile measurements of food and energy, so-called core inflation rose 0.3% for the month – a reversal from the 0.1% decline in June. The figure was up 2.4% on a 12-month basis.
And the services index climbed 0.5%, the biggest jump since August 2022, the Labor Department said in the report. About 40% of the increase can be traced to a 7.6% rise in prices for portfolio management, according to the report. The cost for machinery and vehicle wholesaling; outpatient care; chemicals and allied products wholesaling; securities brokerage, dealing and investment advice and transportation of passengers also moved higher.