Excellent Sunday morning chart porn in the Business section of today’s NYT, regarding the various components of CPI inflation measures:
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Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices in about 200 categories — like gasoline, bananas, dresses and garbage collection — to form the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation. It’s among the statistics that the Federal Reserve considered when it cut interest rates on Wednesday. The categories are weighted according to an estimate of what the average American spends.
All of Inflation’s Little Parts
The New York Times, May 3, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/05/03/business/20080403_SPENDING_GRAPHIC.html