WASHINGTON — Retail prices for women’s apparel in September fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent against August, as women’s apparel stores continued to struggle with high inventories and price pressures, according to economists.

Compared with September 2002, retail prices for women’s apparel were off 2.4 percent, part of a long-term deflationary slide, although women’s prices had risen slightly in the last two months, the Labor Department reported Thursday in its Consumer Price Index.

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