WASHINGTON – Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.
The Labor Department says its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.
Food costs fell 0.1 percent in July. Egg prices, which had been surging because of the avian flu outbreak, reversed and fell 24.2 percent. Energy prices were down 0.6 percent after two months of gains.
Over the past 12 months, prices at the wholesale level have fallen 0.8 percent, the sixth straight month that prices have been down on a year-over-year basis. Over the past 12 months, core prices are up a modest 0.6 percent. Both measurements show inflation remaining in check.