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HomeNewsEconomyImport Prices Post Largest Decline Since February 2016

Import Prices Post Largest Decline Since February 2016

Cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles, California, February 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
Cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles, California, February 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles, California, February 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Thursday import prices fell sharply by 0.3% in May, more than the 0.1% median economic forecast. That’s the largest single month decline in import prices since February 2016, though the price index for U.S. imports increased 2.1% for the 12 months ended in May.

The decline was widespread but largely driven by a 3.7% drop in fuel prices. The last time fuel prices fell by more than 3.7% was when it fell 6.8% in February 2016. The May decrease was primarily the result of a 3.9% decline in petroleum prices, though natural gas prices also fell, by 2.9%.

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