US inflation mild as gas prices rise more slowly | Comcast Gas prices rose more slowly in March, keeping overall U.S. inflation mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That's slower than February's 0.4 percent rise. Excluding food and gas, so-called "core" prices increased 0.2 percent in March. Inflation has eased since last fall and is expected to stay tame. In 12 months that ended in March, prices rose 2.7 percent. That's below last year's peak year-over-year rate of 3.9 percent. Core prices have risen 2.3 percent in the past 12 months, close to the Federal Reserve's inflation target of 2 percent. Prices are "benign and likely to stay that way for some time yet," said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency Economics. Mild price increases leave consumers with more money to spend, which boosts economic growth. Lower inflation also gives the Fed more leeway to keep interest rates low. What a crock of shit.