By  on November 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retail apparel prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7percent in October, as stores headed into the crucial holiday shoppingseason, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Thursday.

Women’s apparel prices, boosted by a sharp jump in the outerwearcategory, increased 1.1 percent last month, while men’s apparel priceslost some pricing power, falling 1 percent last month. Girls’ apparelprices rose 5.7 percent last month, while boy’s apparel prices increased0.8 percent.

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