FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo, Brian Sprague fills his his car's tank with gas in Philadelphia. Sharp price increases for gas and food have pushed up most measures of inflation this year. ... more 
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo, Brian Sprague fills his his car's tank with gas in Philadelphia. Sharp price increases for gas and food have pushed up most measures of inflation this year. That has reduced consumers' purchasing power, cut into their ability to spend on other items and weakened the economy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Matt Rourke, File
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 9:04 AM EDT