PRICES FLAT: U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in July from June, as a small drop in energy costs offset slightly higher food prices.
INFLATION TAME: The consumer price index hasn't increased since March, evidence that the weak economy is keeping inflation in check. Energy costs fell in July, while food prices rose only 0.1 percent.
MAY NOT LAST: Food and gas prices will likely rise in the coming months. The Midwest drought has damaged corn, soybeans and other crops, which will likely push up food costs. And gas prices are on the rise, increasing 30 cents in the past month.