By  on March 16, 2006

Retail prices for women’s apparel slid a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent last month and were 2.5 percent below year-ago levels, according to the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, released Thursday.

Within the category, outerwear prices dipped 2.5 percent during February and were 7.3 percent below a year ago, while dress prices rose 2.6 percent for the month and 8.4 percent from a year earlier.

In the broader economy, inflation remained in check as prices on all goods and services increased 0.1 percent. Excluding the food and energy sectors, what is known as core inflation also advanced just 0.1 percent.

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