Wholesale prices for acute-care hospitals climbed 0.3% in October and rose 3.9% over the 12-month period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index. Prices received by doctors' offices, excluding mental health, were unchanged in October, resulting in a 12-month price increase of 1.6%. The PPI attempts to measure the change over time in prices received by producers of goods and services. The overall PPI for finished goods rose 1.7% in October. Unadjusted for seasonal differences, it climbed 4.4% in the 12 months ended Oct. 31. -- by Paul Barr
Hospital PPI up 0.3% in October, doc PPI steady
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