February 25, 2021

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 by 1.7% in the fourth quarter after having climbed by 3.3% in the third quarter.  During the past year this measure of inflation has risen 1.3%.

Excluding the volatile food and energy components this index rose 1.7% in the fourth quarter after having risen 3.0% in the third quarter.

Stephen Slifer

NumberNomics

Charleston, SC