WASHINGTON — September PPI was reported down 0.1% and core PPI rose 0.1% (0.0539% unrounded). These produced a 0.3% gain overall and a 1.2% increase in core rates over the year -- modest inflation indicators.

Core was boosted by a 0.9% rise for light trucks and a 0.3% gain in cars (both lower before seasonal adjustment) and a 1.0% increase in cosmetics. But it was cut by a 1.5% slide in pharmaceuticals, a 0.6% decline flooring and drops in some clothing costs.

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