By  on June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retail apparel prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in May compared with April, the third consecutive monthly gain, as retailers maintained some pricing power despite a weakening economic recovery, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Thursday.

On a year-over-year basis, retail apparel prices were 4.4 percent higher than May 2011. Women’s apparel prices were up 0.7 percent in the month and were 5.2 percent higher than a year earlier, while men’s apparel prices increased 0.5 percent and were 4.9 percent higher year-to-year.

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