By  on January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retail apparel prices fell a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent in December after falling in November, as retailers instituted heavy discounts during the holiday season, the U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Wednesday.

Women’s apparel prices fell 0.9 percent, with all of the categories declining, except dresses, which increased 0.9 percent in the month. Prices for outerwear were down 2.5 percent, while prices for suits and separates fell 1.5 percent and prices for the combined underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories category dropped 0.5 percent. Girls’ apparel prices rose 0.8 percent last month.

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