WASHINGTON — The producer price index for finished goods dropped 0.2% in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, while prices rose 0.2% at the core, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The fall was the first decline the index has seen in 2012, and was the result of a 1.4% decline in prices for finished energy goods, Labor said. That price decrease was only partially offset by a 0.2% rise in the price index for finished consumer foods. The April decrease followed an unchanged index for March.

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