WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices for domestically produced women’s apparel in April took a break from their deflationary cycle by increasing 1 percent against March, the Labor Department reported Thursday in its Producer Price Index.

Compared with last year, prices for women’s apparel at the producer level were up 0.5 percent. However, the government’s data doesn’t reflect renewed pricing power in the flagging U.S. apparel sector, said Charles W. McMillion, chief economist at MGB Information Services.

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