By  on January 16, 2008

WASHINGTON — Seasonally adjusted wholesale prices for U.S.-made women's and girls' apparel held steady in December, compared with November, as prices on all domestically made goods fell 0.1 percent.

For all of 2007, however, women's and girls' apparel prices rose 0.9 percent as wholesale prices across the economy raced ahead 6.3 percent, according to the Labor Department's Producer Price Index, released Tuesday. The overall increase was driven by higher energy and food costs and was the largest such jump in 26 years. Excluding food and energy goods, wholesale prices were up 2 percent for the year.

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