By  on August 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail apparel prices bucked the trend in July, rising for the second straight month, while economic pressures fueled the sharpest year-to-year decline in retail prices so far in 2009, the Labor Department said in its Consumer Price Index.

Retail apparel prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in July and increased 1.1 percent compared with a year earlier. Apparel prices had increased 0.7 percent in June after falling 0.2 percent in May.

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