Everyday Price Index

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

AIER’s Everyday Price Index (EPI) was unchanged in July after increasing 0.8 percent in June. 

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.8 percent in June after increasing 1.1 percent in May. 

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 1.1 percent in May after showing no change in April. On a not-seasonally-adjusted basis, the CPI increased 0.5 percent in May after rising 0.2 percent in April. AIER’s EPI is not seasonally adjusted. 

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) was unchanged in April after increasing 0.8 percent in March. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), on the other hand, recorded a 0.2 percent gain.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.8 percent in March. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), on the other hand, increased less, recording a 0.2 percent gain.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

After three consecutive months of decline, the Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.5 percent in February.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.5 percent in January in contrast to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which decreased 0.7 percent.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.0 percent in December in contrast to a 0.4 decrease in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.2 percent in November. A decrease in energy prices offset an increase in the prices for prescription drugs and childcare.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.0 percent in October because a decrease in energy prices offset price increases in food, prescription drugs, and recreation.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 0.2 percent in September as lower energy prices offset an increase in food. In contrast, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.1 percent in September because of an increase in the price of housing. Housing is not included in the EPI because housing prices are fixed by long-term contracts. The EPI measures prices that change from day-to-day.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 0.5 percent in August because an increase in food prices was offset by a decrease in energy prices. Similarly, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) decreased 0.2 percent in August. 

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) was unchanged in July because the increase in food prices was offset by a decrease in energy prices.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.4 percent from May to June, a slightly larger jump than the 0.3 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The somewhat stronger growth in the EPI is consistent with the pace over the previous 12 months, when the EPI increased 2.4 percent compared to a 2.1 percent increase in the CPI. June’s stronger EPI growth was largely due to energy price increases, while food prices restrained both indexes.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Looking back over the past 12 months the EPI increased 2.5 percent. This is the largest year-over-year increase in the EPI since October 2012.

Friday, May 16th, 2014

AIER’s Everyday Price Index (EPI) is designed to reflect price changes felt by Americans on a day-to-day basis. AIER is adjusting the methodology of computing the EPI to more accurately account for the spending patterns of American consumers. The improved EPI should better reflect the actual price pressures felt by people in their everyday purchases. 

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.4 percent from March to April, a larger jump than the 0.3 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Both indexes were led higher by food and energy costs. Food away from home increased 0.3 percent making dining out more expensive. Consumers could not avoid higher food prices even by grocery shopping. Food at home increased 0.5 percent with meats, poultry, fish, and eggs (+1.6 percent), fruits and vegetables (+0.5 percent) and bread (+1.8 percent), leading grocery bills higher. On the energy side, motor fuel increased 3.5 percent but household fuels and utilities decreased 1.9 percent as warmer weather finally arrived.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The March Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 1.4 percent, a much larger jump than the 0.2 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Both indices were led higher by Food and Energy costs. Within Foods, Meats (+1.2 percent), Dairy (+1.0 percent), and Fresh Fruits (+3.1 percent) drove grocery bills higher while the price of dining out also increased (+0.3 percent). On the Energy side, a 5.0 percent increase in Motor Fuel further strained daily budgets.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The February Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.5 percent, in contrast to a 0.4 increase in the not seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). The EPI measures the prices of goods and services purchased on a frequent basis. Therefore, the EPI reflects the day-to-day impact on consumer budgets.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The January Everyday Price Index (EPI) ticked down 0.1 percent in contrast to a slight uptick in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The difference between the EPI and CPI came from a 0.3 percent increase in housing, a component that is not included in the EPI. Housing is excluded from the EPI because purchases are infrequent and prices are contractually fixed.

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