Higher costs of housing and power to run homes pushed consumer prices mildly higher in May, but inflationary pressure in the U.S. was largely subdued, and the cost of health care eased again.
The consumer price index rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month after falling 0.4 percent in April, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a 0.2 percent increase.
In May, the energy index rose 0.4 percent, largely because of higher natural gas and electricity prices.
The gasoline index, however, was flat on a seasonally adjusted basis even though the cost of fueling up at the pump actually increased last month. The price increases in May will probably show up in the June CPI report. In April and March, gasoline prices had fallen sharply.