Wholesale inflation up less than expected

WASHINGTON - November 17, 2009

The Labor Department says its Producer Price Index rose 0.3 percent last month, after falling 0.6 percent in September. Analysts had expected a 0.5 percent gain last month.

The index tracks the prices of goods before they reach store shelves and is considered an early read of price trends.

In the 12 months ending in October, producer prices fell 1.9 percent, the 11th straight month of declines.

Excluding volatile food and energy costs, the core index dropped 0.6 percent in October.

In the past year, the core index rose 0.7 percent, the smallest increase in more than five years.

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