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Hospital PPI inches up 0.2% in November; doc-office figure slips

By Melanie Evans
Posted: December 13, 2012 - 10:00 am ET

Wholesale prices at acute-care hospitals increased 0.2% in November after a 0.9% rise the prior month, according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index.

For the year ended in November, acute-care hospital prices climbed 2.7% compared with 2.6% the prior year.

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Physician-office prices declined 0.1% last month following a 0.2% gain in October, the Producer Price Index preliminary figures show.

For the year that ended in November, physician office prices increased 0.8% compared with 1.4% the prior year.

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