Wholesale prices for acute-care hospital services increased 0.1% last month after a 0.2% increase in August, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One year ago, September wholesale hospital prices, as measured by the Producer Price Index, increased 0.2%.
Hospital PPI rises 0.1% in September
For the 12-month period ended last month, hospital wholesale prices increased 2.1%, the preliminary figures show, compared with 2.9% the prior year.
For physician offices, wholesale prices increased 0.5% following the prior month's 0.1% gain. In September 2010, physician wholesale prices increased 0.1%.
The physician office PPI increased 1.6% during the 12-month period that ended last month compared with a 2.8% increase a year ago.
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