As we enter October, the country is preparing for the inflation report for the month of September. The report is expected to show slower price growth in comparison to previous months. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the best measure of overall inflation in the US economy, and the latest inflation report for September is due out on October 13. Experts are predicting a modest 0.2% drop in the CPI-U from August. This would represent a slowdown compared to previous months when the CPI-U increased by 0.4% and 0.6%, respectively. The slowdown in prices can be attributed to several factors. The most significant of these is the weakening of the global economy, which has caused demand and prices to slow down. The US economy has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in weaker consumer confidence and spending. This has put downward pressure on prices across many sectors. At the same time, changes in the housing market, including low mortgage rates, have created downward pressure on home prices. This has had a significant impact on the cost of living, and will be reflected in the CPI-U. Additionally, the coronavirus-induced recession has also led to lower consumer demand, which has impacted businesses’ pricing power. Another factor that is playing a role is the continued strength of the US dollar. The dollar has been steadily gaining strength against a basket of other currencies, with the euro dropping to a two-year low against the greenback. This makes imports cheaper, thus exerting downward pressure on inflation. It is important to note that a one month slowdown in price growth does not necessarily mean that inflation is going to stay low. The US economy is expected to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and as it does, prices may start ticking up once again. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the inflation report to gauge the temperature of the economy.