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On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.4 percent in
February after rising 0.3 percent in January. The energy index rose 3.3
percent in February following a 1.7 percent increase in January as the
gasoline index rose 8.3 percent in February after a 6.0 percent increase
in January. In contrast, the indexes for fuel oil and natural gas both
declined in February. About two-thirds of the all items increase was due
to the rise in the gasoline index. Compared to the July 2008 peak, the
energy index was 29.2 percent lower and the gasoline index was down 44.0
percent. The food index turned down slightly in February, falling 0.1
percent. The food at home index fell 0.4 percent with five of the six
major grocery store food group indexes posting declines in February.