A 1.4% rise in the consumer price index for the first half was its best performance since 1986, with consumer prices up a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

The core rate of CPI inflation-which excludes food and energy-turned in its best six-month performance in 32 years. The measure rose at a 2.4% rate in the first half of 1997, its smallest increase during that period since 1965.

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