WASHINGTON — Consumer prices rose 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis after a 0.4% increase in April, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. The May increase is the smallest rise since a 0.1% uptick in November 2010.

Core consumer prices, which exclude food and energy, rose 0.3% in May after a 0.2% gain in April. May’s increase in core prices was the largest since a 0.3% rise in July 2008.

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