March 18, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Producer prices in February 2011

Over-the-month percent change in the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods, February 2011, seasonally adjusted
Index Percent change



Energy goods


Consumer foods


Finished goods less food and energy


These data are featured in the TED article, Producer prices in February 2011.



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