ECRI U.S. inflation gauge falls to 5-mth low in May

NEW YORK, June 4 (Reuters) - A monthly measure of U.S. inflation pressures fell to a five-month low in May as commodity price pressures ebbed, said a research group on Friday.

The Economic Cycle Research Institute’s U.S. Future Inflation Gauge (USFIG), designed to anticipate cyclical swings in the rate of inflation, fell to 98.9 in May from a revised 101.8 in April. The original number reported in April was 100.8.

“With the USFIG falling to a five-month low, underlying inflation pressures appear to be ebbing,” said ECRI Managing Director Lakshman Achuthan said in a statement.

The May USFIG annualized growth rate, which smooths out monthly fluctuations, fell to 12.5 percent from a revised 23.4 percent. The April figure was originally reported at 21.2 percent. (Reporting by Caryn Trokie, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama