Producer Price Index Report to Be Delayed WASHINGTON (AP)--The Labor Department won't release a report on February's wholesale prices next week because of difficulties with converting current categories to a new classification system, the department said Friday. It's the second Producer Price Index report that has been delayed by the classification changeover. January's report couldn't be released as originally scheduled on Feb. 19. ``The length of that delay now means that the release of February data, originally scheduled for Friday, March 12, must also be postponed,'' the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said. New release dates have not been set. It is rare for the government to delay the release of an economic indicator. The bureau produces the monthly PPI, which tracks the prices of goods before they reach consumers. The release of the Consumer Price Index, also put together by BLS, is not affected by the PPI delays. The CPI measures the prices of goods and services at the consumer, or retail, level, and is the government's most closely watched gauge of inflation. have they delayed this thing because they couldnt believe how hi the numbers were and didnt want to shock the market? you cant have the price of every input commodity skyrocketing and not have it show up someplace. we have the price of steel,copper,all metals,oil,ag commodities,lumber, you name it all at or near highs.