Bloomberg NewsWASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices rose more slowly last month, and the rate of new home construction was the smallest in two and a half years, a combination of tame inflation and cooler economic growth that is likely to give the Federal Reserve room to leave interest rates unchanged next week.

The consumer price index rose 0.2% last month, after a 0.6% June increase, the Labor Department said.

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