Preview of April 2023 CPI Release

Posted 04/10/2023 cpi March 2023 Odyssey

Preview of April 2023 CPI Release

CPI Tracking: Preview of March CPI Data


With the full-month data for March 2023, we now estimate that Food at Home monthly inflation accelerated by ~11 bps, slightly less than what we observed in our earlier mid-month preview.

All major sub-categories registered accelerating monthly inflation rates, especially Fruits and vegetables (rising from 0.06% to 0.58%) and Meats and poultry (increasing from -0.29% to 0.26%).

Compared to our previous note, the acceleration in Meats and poultry proved slightly more modest, as did the accelerations in Cereals and Dairy.

On an annual basis, owing in part to the base effect, we expect Food at Home's annual inflation to continue receding to ~9.1% in Mar 2023, from the pace of 10.1% in Feb.

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CPI Preview Data

Monthly Inflation (Data as of 2023-04-10)Feb 2023 Actual (Reported)LowerMidpointUpperDirection
Cereals & Bakery Products0.42%0.28%0.48%0.68%Accel
Dairy & related Products0.08%(0.02%)0.18%0.38%Accel
Fruits & Vegetables0.06%0.38%0.58%0.78%Accel
Meat, Poultry, Fish, & Eggs(0.29%)0.06%0.26%0.46%Accel
Food At Home Component0.35%0.06%0.26%0.46%Accel


Using the Odyssey retail point of sale dataset we have constructed some estimated CPI forecasts based on a simple and robust filtering and scoring methodology. We plan on releasing category and brand level insights bi-monthly.

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