WOMEN’S APPAREL PRICES DOWN SLIGHTLY IN SEPT.

WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices for domestically produced women’s apparel in September dipped 0.2 percent against August, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The decline follows a 0.7 percent increase in August. Compared with September 2000, women’s apparel prices last month fell 1.4 percent.
In the overall economy, prices at the producer level for all U.S.-made goods increased 0.4 percent for the month. The September wholesale price report is based on economic activity prior to Sept. 11.
All apparel prices in September also declined 0.2 percent against August and, compared with year-ago levels, fell 0.9 percent.
Categories of women’s apparel tracked by the government with notable wholesale price changes in September included knit sport shirts, which fell 6.7 percent for the month, but increased 4.7 percent from September 2000. Blouse prices dipped 0.4 percent for the month and increased 6 percent over the year.
Wholesale prices for swimsuits dipped 0.1 percent for the month, but plunged 24.8 percent from September 2000. Dress prices in September declined 0.4 percent against August and fell 5.3 percent from a year ago.

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