The consumer price index (CPI) held steady in April 2000, following a 0.7% increase in March and a 0.5% rise in February. It was the first time the CPI was unchanged since June 1999. So?

The CPI measures the average price for a group of goods and services you and other consumers buy routinely. Energy prices make up about a tenth of the CPI; food prices make up about one-fifth of the index.

Play with this calculator (don�t use commas when entering thousands) to see how inflation affects purchases. Say your house cost $71,000 in 1988. Inflation alone would make it worth about $102,700 today. If your latest appraisal shows your house worth more than that, it�s appreciated beyond inflation. If your latest assessment shows it worth less, then your investment has not kept pace with inflation.

If I bought goods or services in for $ ,
in the same goods or services would cost about $.

This calculator is solely for informational purposes and provides reasonably accurate results; the calculations are not intended to be relied upon for actual inflation computations.

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