By  on May 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S.-made apparel prices increased 0.3 percent in April and were 3 percent higher than a year earlier, the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index showed Friday.

“We are seeing some degree of cost pressure still processing through the supply chain but these cost pressures are expected to moderate in the coming months, primarily because input prices are lower,” said Jeet Dutta, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics. “The need to pass along rising input costs at different stages of manufacturing along the apparel supply chain, whether it is sourced domestically or imported, is [lessening].”

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