US apparel prices continued on their downward trajectory in May, the latest figures show, contrasting with an overall rise in consumer prices.

The apparel index declined 0.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis in May, and was down 1.5% before seasonal adjustment over the last 12 months, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In contrast, the US Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) climbed 0.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis in May. Over the last 12 months, the all items index was unchanged before seasonal adjustment, after showing a 0.2% drop for the year ending April.

The index for all items less food and energy edged up 0.1% in May, its smallest increase since December. On an annual basis, the index increased increased 1.7%, down from the 1.8% rise for the 12 months ending April.