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Inflation Sees Biggest Jump Since 2008

The Consumer Price Index, which is the major inflation metric, showed a surge of 5.4 percent over the last year through June




Data released Tuesday by the  Department of Labor shows inflation has surged in the biggest jump since 2008. The Consumer Price Index, which is the major inflation metric, showed a surge of 5.4 percent over the last year through June.

National Review reports the jump “exceeded many financial firms’ and economists’ predictions. For example, economists at Goldman Sachs expected only a 5.1 percent increase from the prior year, up from 5 percent the prior month.”

The Labor Department says the increase was largely driven by price hikes in the used car and truck market, which accounted for over a third of the increase. Lawmakers and the Federal Reserve suggest inflation will moderate as the pandemic dwindles.

“A large component in the inflation equation that the Fed can’t control as easily as inflation expectations, or what people think the direction of prices will be” reports National Review which also states, “the cues from some Fed officials have been mixed and somewhat ambiguous.”

“It’s still too early to tell how things are going to evolve,” said John C. Williams, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “We’ll just have to watch it carefully,” he said Monday to reporters.

National Review reports:

When asked about the future of the Fed’s gargantuan asset purchase monetary policy, once referred to as “quantitative easing” after the 2008 financial crisis, William said: “The last few months, and I guess the last three months, we’ve seen some pretty strong movements, and kind of crosscurrents, both in the employment data and the inflation data.”

If inflation persists but wages do not move in lockstep with it, an effective tax will be imposed on the consumer, reducing the length a dollar can be stretched to pay for goods and services.

To curb inflation, the Fed has a few but limited weapons in its arsenal. One instrument at its disposal is to raise rates to prevent the economy from overheating, but that carries with it the risk of adversely affecting the stock market and other asset classes.

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  1. Pamela Tassey

    July 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    So…how much will my cost-of-living increase will I see on my Social security check?

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Nike Executive: ‘Nike is a Brand That is of China and For China’




“Nike is a brand that is of China and for China” stated the company’s Chief executive John Donahoe. The comment was made during a call with Wall Street analysts about Nike’s latest earnings report and in response to a question about the competition of Chinese brands.

Donahoe made “a robust defense of the firm’s business in China after facing a consumer boycott there” reported the BBC. Nike has received backlash over doing business in Xinjiang, where millions of China’s Muslim minorities called Uyghurs reside.

The BBC notes “Uyghurs have been detained at camps where allegations of torture, forced labor and sexual abuse have emerged. China has denied these claims saying the camps are ‘re-education’ facilities aimed at lifting Uyghurs out of poverty.”

Donahoe said he remained confident that China would continue to be a fast-growing market for Nike as “we’ve always taken a long term view. We’ve been in China for over 40 years.” He added, “Phil [Knight] invested significant time and energy in China in the early days and today we’re the largest sports brand there.”

BBC reports of Nike being boycotted in China:

Several Western brands, including Nike and Swedish fashion retailer H&M, recently faced a backlash from Chinese shoppers after the firms expressed concerns about the alleged use of Uyghur forced labor in cotton production.

In March, a group of Western countries imposed sanctions on officials in China over rights abuses against the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority group.

The sanctions were introduced as a coordinated effort by the European Union, UK, US and Canada.

In December, the BBC published an investigation based on new research showing China was forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities including Uyghurs into manual labour in Xinjiang’s cotton fields.

Nonetheless, Nike’s fourth-quarter earnings showed revenues doubled to a better-than-expected $12.3 billion for the three months. “That helped it bounce back to a $1.5bn profit, from a $790m loss during the depths of the pandemic a year earlier” reports BBC.

“The figures also showed that revenue in China rose to more than $1.9bn, but missed Wall Street expectations of $2.2bn.” Donahue remains confident China will continue to be a fast-growing market for Nike.

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Restaurant Blames Government Handouts for ‘Short Staffed’ and ‘Slow Service’

Honesty is the best policy, and that’s exactly what one Taqueria restaurant is providing for its clientele.




Honesty is the best policy, and that’s exactly what one Taqueria restaurant is providing for its clientele. Specifically, the restaurant is asking patrons to be patient with “slow service” because they are short-staffed thanks to the government.

In an honest plea to customers, the owner of the popular Folsom, California restaurant, Taco Loco, posted a “slow service sign” warning which reads:

“To our loyal customers. Sadly, due to government and state handouts, no one wants to work anymore. Therefore, we are short-staffed… Please be patient with our staff that did choose to come to work today.”

The owner of the restaurant did not immediately want to speak to Sacramento’s local CBS news station about his sign, but John Voelz, owner of a restaurant just down the street from the Taqueria had similar sentiments. “It’s hard to find people who want to work right now,” said Voelz.


“They want us to hire more people right now. We’re trying to hire more baristas, we’re trying to hire cooks. It is really hard” added Voelz. A restaurant frequenter Erica Oresky says with layoffs, “why not go on unemployment? It is an easy paycheck.”

President of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council Barry Broome explains, “until the government check stops coming out, which is September, we’re going to continue to have labor shortages and that’s going to continue to challenge small business.”

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