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83-model cars fuel wholesale-price rise

New car costs pulled wholesale prices up 0.5 percent in October - an annual rate of 5.7 percent - despite declines in the cost of food and fuel, the Labor Department said Nov. 16. New car prices showed a 4.1 percent increase over the marked-down dealer costs for leftover 1982 cars.

Wholesale prices had dropped 0.1 percent in September, one of four months this year in which inflation was replaced by disinflation.

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So far this year the annual rate of wholesale price increases has been held to 3.3 percent, raising the possibility that 1982 as a whole may have a better price performance than even the 3.7 percent annual rate in 1976.

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