WASHINGTON — The July consumer price index was completely as expected at plus-0.2% overall, with core up 0.2% (0.1545% unrounded). These resulted in a 2.0% overall rise and a 1.7% gain in core over the year.

Energy prices were up 0.2% in a third gain as gasoline posted a 1.0% increase. Electric costs were down 0.3% and natural gas fell 2.8% as offsets.

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