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  PPI falls 0.4% in June; "Core" prices up 0.3%
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Implications:  Due to a drop in energy prices, overall producer price inflation took a breather in June, with prices dropping 0.4%, a larger decline than the consensus expected.  Despite the decline in June, producer prices are up 7% versus a year ago, and with oil rebounding, overall producer prices are likely to rise in July.  Meanwhile, "core" producer price inflation, which excludes food and energy, is accelerating, rising 0.3% in June and up at a 3.7% annual rate in the past six months.  With the exception of late 2008 and early 2009 as well as a brief period in 2004-05, this is the fastest increase in the core PPI in 20 years.  Further up the production pipeline, core intermediate prices increased 0.3% in June and are up 7.2% versus a year ago.  Core crude prices are up 25.1% in the past year.  These data will eventually make it tougher for the Federal Reserve to justify holding short-term interest rates at essentially zero.  In other recent inflation news, import prices declined 0.5% in June.  The decline in June was mostly, but not completely, due to oil; ex-petroleum, import prices declined 0.2%.  Despite the decline in June, overall import prices are up 13.6% in the past year and up 4.9% excluding oil.  Export prices increased 0.1% in June and are up 9.9% in the past year.  Ex-agriculture, export prices were unchanged in June but are up 7.8% in the past year, the largest increase on record (dating back to the mid-1980s).  In other news this morning, new claims for unemployment insurance declined 22,000 last week to 405,000.  Continuing claims for regular state benefits increased 15,000 to 3.73 million.

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