Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:46 am
Cheaper oil pushes down US import prices 0.5 pct.
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
The Labor Department says import prices dropped 0.5 percent in March after a 0.6 percent gain the previous month. The cost of fuel imports declined 1.9 percent. Excluding fuel, import costs fell 0.2 percent.
Import prices have fallen 2.7 percent in the 12 months ending in March. They haven't recorded a year-over-year increase since last April.
Export prices also declined in March from February. They fell 0.4 percent, pushed down by cheaper agricultural goods. In the past year, export prices have increased 0.3 percent, pushed up by an 8.8 percent increase in farm goods prices.