WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer inflation edged up a tame 0.2 percent last month, as prices for gasoline and natural gas eased after soaring in June, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Outside the volatile energy and food categories, consumer inflation's "core" rate also rose just 0.2 percent, for a fourth consecutive month, suggesting that most other prices remain under control.
The July performance brought the core rate for the first seven months of the year to an average 2.6 percent.
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