Jan. 17, 2007 -- Surging energy costs pushed prices paid by U.S. manufacturers up 0.9 percent in December, the Labor Department reported on Wednesday.

Excluding energy and food costs, which saw price increases of 7.1 percent for gas and a 26.3 percent for fresh fruit, core producer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent, the report said.

Prices rose for goods used in all stages of production, including finished goods, intermediate materials and supplies, and crude materials, the report said.

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