US consumer prices unchanged in

US consumer prices unchanged in December
Associated Press

In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo, tagged merchandise hangs on a rack at an Old Navy store in Methuen, Mass. Lower gas costs offset more expensive food and higher rents to keep a measure of U.S. consumer prices flat in December. The Labor Department said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, that food prices increased 0.2 percent in December from November. Rents and airline fares also rose. Gasoline prices fell a seasonally adjusted 2.3 percent. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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