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consumer price index


benchmark of basic retail prices an index of the prices of goods and services purchased by consumers, used to measure the cost of living or the rate of inflation in an economy.

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Definitions of ’consumer price index’ and meaning of ’consumer price index’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’consumer price index’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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