WASHINGTON — Increases in imports and production, coupled with weakening demand and fierce competition from discounters, has undermined pricing power, according to economists.

Retail prices for all apparel fell a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in June, while prices fell 2.9 percent against June 2001. The one-month decline marked the biggest decline in June since 1948, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index revealed on Friday.

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