US inflation reaches highest peak in 40 years

Driven by by shelter, used cars and food

Elliot Gulliver-Needham
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US inflation climbed to 7% in December 2021, reaching the highest level since June 1982.

The rise was driven primarily by shelter, used cars and food, with energy falling slightly. This means that December was the eighth month that inflation year on year had been at 5% or higher. The news comes following a speech from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell yesterday, who warned that inflation could become "entrenched" and said that "the economy no longer or wants the very accommodative policies we have had in place". Richard Flynn, managing director at Charles Schwab UK, said: "Today's rise in the rate of inflation falls within investors' expectations. It's clear that bot...

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