December consumer prices flat

1.7% gain for 2012, down from 3% increase in 2011

Posted: January 17, 2013 at 2:40 a.m.

Welders work on sides for refrigerated railcars at the Greenbrier Cos.' Gunderson railcar plant in Portland, Oregon, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Industrial production in the U.S. climbed for a second month in December as demand picked up for capital equipment, showing factories strengthened entering 2013. Photographer: Natalie Behring/Bloomberg

Consumer prices were unchanged in December, Labor Department data showed Wednesday, capping the thirdsmallest annual gain in the past decade.

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