By  on August 18, 2005

WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices on domestically produced women’s apparel slid in July, but prices on all finished goods rose, stoking fears consumers might have less money for discretionary purchases such as fashion.

Women’s and girls’ apparel prices fell 0.3 percent during the month, but were 0.5 percent above year-ago levels, according to the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index released Wednesday.

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