Municipal prices posted modest gains of 1/8 to 3/8 point Friday on economic data, but the market was lackluster going into a quiet holiday week, highlighted by only a few sizable new issues.

The producer price index inched up 0.l% in September because of a 0.8% increase in energy prices, while retail sales rebounded 0.7%, to a seasonally adjusted $153.3 billion, on stronger auto sales.

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