Fed’s Powell, in Hill appearance, to update views on status of ‘disinflation’

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By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At his last press conference U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said confidently a “disinflationary process” had begun, showing a “gratifying” corner had been turned even as he pledged the central bank’s fight against rising prices was not over. But inflation data since his Feb. 1 remarks has moved in the other direction – an inflation “surprise” index from Citigroup rose in February for the first time in months – and when Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday the focus will be on whether he remains as confident as he w…

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