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Energy prices rose in June

The Midwest consumer price index rose 0.5 percent in June, led by higher costs for energy.

Higher prices at the fuel pump contributed to the increase as did higher costs for electricity, which rose 7.6 percent. Electricity prices usually rise in June when utilities shift to seasonal rate schedules along with greater use of air conditioning.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the energy index for Midwest consumers rose 5.9 percent over the month. Costs for other household expenses were negligibly higher. The food index, for example, rose just 0.1 percent.

Over the last 12 months, though, the broad measure of consumer prices decline 0.7 percent for Midwest consumers, the bureau reported Friday. It was the sixth straight month of year-over-year declines in the overall price index.

From June 2014 to June 2015, food prices increased 1.3 percent but the energy index, which includes motor fuel and household fuels, fell 17.2 percent.

The increase in the food index was due to higher costs of food eaten away from home. The cost of food eaten at home was unchanged over the year.

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