Inflation Is Getting Worse
PPI "unexpectedly" rises to 9.7% vs. 9.1% consensus
January’s producer price index (the price companies pay to make the things you buy) rose a full 1.0% over the previous month and 9.7% over January 2021. That’s an annual inflation rate of 12% even with using the new inflation algorithms. This follows last week’s disastrous consumer price index print:
Even more alarming to consumers: most of the PPI inflation has not been passed onto consumers. Via ZeroHedge:
And finally that pipeline flows down hill to the consumer as we note that the CPI-PPI - US margin proxy - is negative for the 13th straight month, as for now, input costs are not all flowing through to output costs for consumers...
At some point, businesses will let that pent-up inflation flow to your discount stores and supermarkets. As ZeroHedge ended its story, “It’s only a matter of time.”