WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices for domestically produced women’s apparel in May returned to their long-term deflationary pattern, declining 0.3 percent after a monthly increase of 1 percent in April, the Labor Department reported Friday in its Producer Price Index.
Compared with May 2002, women’s apparel prices at the producer level were unchanged.
All apparel prices were down 0.6 percent for the month, as well as over the year. Textile prices declined 0.3 percent in May against April and were off 0.6 percent from May 2002.
In the overall economy, wholesale prices for all U.S.-made goods fell 0.3 percent in May.
Among the categories of women’s apparel tracked by the federal government with notable May price swings were sweaters, jackets and jerseys, which fell 1.7 percent for the month and plunged 9.2 percent over the year.
Producer prices for knit sweatshirts and sport shirts declined 5 percent in May against April and fell 5 percent from year-ago levels. Swimsuit wholesale prices dropped 6 percent for the month, but climbed 19 percent from a year ago.