The CPI-U increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Increases in the energy and shelter indices more than offset a decline in the food index and were the main factors in the rise of the all items index. The energy index rose 1.1 percent. The food index declined 0.2 percent, with the food at home index posting its largest decline since April 2009. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent, the same increase as in January and February.
Along with the shelter index, a broad array of indices rose in March, including medical care, used cars and trucks, apparel, new vehicles, household furnishings and operations, and recreation.