May 25, 2023

There are many different deflators that are available.  This one is for gross domestic purchases which measures prices paid by U.S. residents.  It is the one measure of inflation that the Commerce Department talks about when it releases the GDP report.   It is our broadest measure of inflation and contains more than 5,000 goods and services.

The gross domestic purchases deflator rose 3,8% in the first quarter after climbing  3.7% in the fourth quarter after rising 4.8% in the third quarter.  During the past year this measure of inflation has risen 5.2%.

Excluding the volatile food and energy components this index climbed by 4.3% in the first quarter after rising 4.1% in the fourth quarter after rising  5.0% in the third quarter.   In the past year it has risen 5.1%.

Stephen Slifer


Charleston, SC