May 14, 2012
The Producer Price Index for finished goods rose 1.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) for the 12 months ended April 2012, the seventh straight month of slowing year-over-year increases following a 7.0-percent rise for the 12 months ended September 2011.
From March to April 2012, prices for finished goods fell 0.2 percent (seasonally adjusted). Prices for finished goods were unchanged in March and increased 0.4 percent in February.
The April decrease in the finished goods index is attributable to a 1.4-percent decline in prices for finished energy goods. By contrast, the indexes for finished goods less foods and energy and for finished consumer foods both rose 0.2 percent.
These data are from the BLS Producer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Producer Price Indexes — April 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0895. 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.