The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods increased 0.7 percent in April, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported.  ; This advance followed a 1.0-percent rise in March and a 1.3-percent increase in February.  ; In April, the index for finished goods excluding foods and energy remained unchanged for the second consecutive month.  ; At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by producers of intermediate goods rose 0.9 percent following a 1.0-percent increase a month earlier, and the crude goods index fell 1.5 percent after increasing 3.2 percent in March.
; Among finished goods, prices for consumer foods moved up 0.4 percent in April following a 1.4-percent increase in the previous month, while the consumer goods less foods and energy index turned down 0.1 percent after advancing 0.1 percent in the preceding month.  ; Prices for energy goods rose less in April than they had a month earlier -3.4 and 3.6 percent, respectively.  ; By contrast, the capital equipment index edged up 0.1 percent after decreasing 0.1 percent in March, slightly counteracting the deceleration in finished goods prices.   ; Before seasonal adjustment, the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods increased 1.0 percent in April to 165.8 (1982 = 100).  ; From April 2006 to April 2007, finished goods prices rose 3.2 percent.  ; Over the same period, the index for finished consumer foods advanced 7.7 percent, prices for finished goods less foods and energy increased 1.5 percent, and the finished energy goods index rose 3.7 percent.  ; For the 12 months ended in April 2007, prices received by manufacturers of intermediate goods advanced 3.7 percent, and the crude goods index jumped 11.1 percent.   ; Finished goods The index for finished consumer foods advanced 0.4 percent in April following a 1.4-percent increase in the prior month.  ; The fresh and dry vegetables index rose 8.9 percent compared with a 13.5-percent jump in March.  ; Prices for beef and veal and for dairy products also rose less than they had a month earlier.  ; The index for sausages and deli meats turned down after advancing in the previous month, while prices for finfish and shellfish decreased more than they had in March.  ; Conversely, partially offsetting the deceleration in finished consumer foods prices, the fresh fruits and melons index declined 2.8 percent following a 7.5-percent fall a month earlier.  ; Prices for pork also fell less than they had in the preceding month.  ; The indexes for processed young chickens and soft drinks rose more than they had in March.  ; Prices for confectionery end products turned up after declining a month earlier.   ; The index for finished consumer goods less foods and energy turned down 0.1 percent following a 0.1-percent increase in the previous month. The passenger cars index fell 1.0 percent after rising 0.2 percent in March.  ; Prices for pharmaceutical preparations, household appliances, pet food, and mobile homes also decreased in April following increases in the preceding month.  ; Prices for alcoholic beverages rose less than they had a month earlier. By contrast, the light motor trucks index moved down 0.5 percent after decreasing 1.2 percent in the prior month.  ; Prices for household furniture and sanitary paper products turned up in April following declines in the previous month.  ; The index for motor homes rose after no change in March.   ; The finished energy goods index advanced 3.4 percent subsequent to a 3.6-percent rise a month earlier.  ; In April, increasing prices for gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas, home heating oil, residential electric power, residential natural gas, and diesel fuel outweighed decreasing prices for lubricating and similar oils and for asphalt.   ; The capital