October 18, 2010
On an unadjusted basis, prices for finished goods advanced 4.0 percent for the 12 months ended September 2010, their eleventh straight year-over-year rise.
The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods increased 0.4 percent in September, seasonally adjusted. This advance followed a 0.4-percent rise in August and a 0.2-percent increase in July.
The broad-based increase in the index for finished goods can be traced primarily to higher prices for finished consumer foods, which rose 1.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) in September. The indexes for both finished energy goods and for finished goods less foods and energy also contributed to this increase, moving up 0.5 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.
These data are from the BLS Producer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Producer Price Indexes — September 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-1425. All producer price indexes are routinely subject to revision once, 4 months after original publication, to reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents.