Wholesale prices rose marginally in December for a 4.4% increase for the whole of 2009, government data showed on Jan. 20.
The producer price index for finished goods moved up 0.2% in December from November on a seasonally adjusted basis, due largely to inflation among food products, the Labor Department said.
The rise followed a 1.8% advance in November and a 0.3% increase in October.
Excluding food and energy products, core prices for finished goods were unchanged in December and were up 0.9% on the year, the data showed.
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