Producer Prices Decline Most in 10 Months

Washington, DC, April 12, 2013 -- U.S. producer prices fell the most in 10 months in March, due mostly to falling gasoline prices.

The Labor Department said its producer price index fell 0.6% last month, the largest drop since May, after increasing 0.7% in February.

Economists had expected prices to fall only 0.2%.

In the 12 months through March, wholesale prices were up 1.1%, the smallest rise since July.

Wholesale prices excluding food and energy costs rose 0.2% for a third straight month.