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Price Checkers Assemble Inflation Report

“Caren Gaffney would be the perfect contestant on ‘The Price is Right.’ She moves from store to store, meticulously combing the aisles and taking down prices. A head of Boston butterhead lettuce. A bottle of Advil. Car inspection. Diamond bracelet. Eyeglasses. A 50-foot black TV cable. Washing machine. It’s an eclectic shopping list that comes from her employer, the U.S. government. The items that she prices — and thousands of others — are reflected in the government’s most closely watched inflation barometer. The Consumer Price Index measures the prices shoppers pay for a market basket of goods and services.”