By  on July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Prices on all apparel sold at retail rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in June, bolstered by increases in both women’s and men’s apparel prices, the U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Tuesday.

Prices for women’s apparel rose 1.2 percent last month, while prices for men’s apparel increased 0.9 percent. There was also pricing strength in boys’ apparel, which rose 0.3 percent, although girls’ apparel prices fell 1.5 percent.

In the women’s category, outerwear prices were up 6 percent, while prices for dresses rose 1.1 percent. Prices for suits and separates increased 0.8 percent, while prices for the combined category that includes underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories rose fell 0.8 percent.

In men’s, prices for pants and shorts rose 1.4 percent, while prices for furnishings rose 1.1 percent as did prices for shirts and sweaters.Prices for the combined category of suits, sports coats and outerwear increased 0.8 percent last month.

The overall CPI rose 0.3 percent in June, while the core index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, inched up 0.1 percent.

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