January rise in consumer prices largest since July (AP)

In this Feb. 12, 2009 file photo, Bob Clymer holds up his gas bill in Lyons, Ohio. Residential heating bills jumped last month after one of the coldest Januarys on record — and in spite of lower natural gas prices. Some homeowners say they're seeing gas bills that range from 20 percent to double what they paid a year ago. Consumer prices rose by the most in six months in January, propelled by higher energy costs.  (AP Photo/The Blade, Lisa Dutton)AP – Consumer prices rose modestly in January, propelled by higher energy costs, but most economists and the government believe the recession will keep prices in check this year.

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