headline inflation


: a measure of inflation that is based on an unadjusted price index
… but core inflation has indeed been a much more reliable guide than headline inflation, which fluctuates wildly.Paul Krugman
compare core inflation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The drop in headline inflation is welcome news for an economy wracked by soaring prices for several years. Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2023 Now, with oil prices surging once again, headline inflation could remain elevated for longer or even rise. Bryan Mena, CNN, 8 Apr. 2023 After a costly year of inaction in which headline inflation surged to 40-year highs, the Fed finally made a U-turn almost exactly a year ago and began to raise interest rates in a bid to slow the economy and bring inflation down. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2023 So headline inflation hasn’t fallen sufficiently, and service inflation remains elevated, hence the Fed’s worry. Simon Moore, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 This week, the European Commission lowered its outlook for headline inflation as a result. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 17 Feb. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'headline inflation.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headline inflation was in 1983

Dictionary Entries Near headline inflation

Cite this Entry

“Headline inflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headline%20inflation. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!