Pimco dims US inflation target after ‘noticeable softening’

FT/Adam Samson/05-15-17

A “noticeable softening” in US inflation over the past two months ratchets up the pressure on the Federal Reserve to defend its rate rise plans, Pimco said on Monday as it reduced its target for price growth this year.

A disappointing reading on consumer price growth in March may have seemed like a one-time blip, but a repeat performance the following month raised eyebrows at the big US bond manager.

“…unlike in March – when weakness was primarily attributable to the largest-ever monthly decline in wireless services – April’s weakness was broad-based, reflecting softness in a range of core goods and services,” said chief US economist Tiffany Wilding.

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