Prices for food items rose 0.4 on a seasonally adjusted basis, while energy prices fell 0.5 percent. Core prices, which excludes both energy and food items because of the price volatility of those categories, fell 0.2 percent month-to-month.
On an annual basis, prices were up 2.3 percent in October, consistent with August and September, when 12-month price gains stood at 2 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.
Prices for finished goods in the energy sector turned lower after rising 4.7 percent in September. Most of the decline was prompted by a 2.2 percent drop in gasoline prices, although prices for home heating oil and and liquefied petroleum gas also fell.