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FILE - In this June 8, 2020 file photo, a shopper departs a shoe store at CambridgeSide mall, in Cambridge, Mass.  U.S. consumer prices dropped in May for the third straight month as the coronavirus pandemic pushed the American economy into a recession. The Labor Department said Wednesday, June 10  that its consumer price index fell 0.1% last month after tumbling 0.8% in April and 0.4% in March.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Spiking cost of gasoline pushes June consumer prices up 0.6%

Jul. 14, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices increased 0.6% in June, after three months of declines, with a big jump in gasoline prices accounting for over half of the gain. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the increase in its consumer price index followed declines of 0.4% in March, 0.8% in April and...