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USGNN Original StoryBureau of Labor Statistics Releases April Import-Export Price Index

The U.S. Import Price Index increased 1.8 percent in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor has reported. The rise followed a 2.9 percent increase in March. Export prices also increased in April, rising 0.3 percent after increasing at least 1.0 percent in each of the previous three months.

The report showed a -0.4 percent change for glass imports in the last month, and a 2.3 percent change since this time last year. For exports, glass has seen only a 0.3 percent change since March, and a 3.2 percent increase since April 2007.

CLICK HERE to read about the import-export price index for March.

U.S. Import Prices Indexes and Percent Changes for April

Description
Relative Importance
Index
Annual % Change
Monthly % Change
Mar. '08 Mar. '08 Apr. '08 Apr. '07 - Apr. '08 Dec. '07 - Jan. '08 Jan. '08 - Feb. '08 Feb. '08 - Mar. '08 Mar. '08 - Apr. '08
Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, ceramics, glass etc. 0.913 115.0 115.0 115.0 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.3
Ceramic products 0.296 124.3 124.9 8.9 0.4 2.0 0.2 0.5
Glass and glassware* 0.294 113.7 113.3 2.3 0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.4
Primary metal manufacturing 5.794 168.3 117.1 23.4 -0.9 4.9 8.3 5.2
Fabricated metal product manufacturing
2.470 114.9 116.3 8.7 2.0 0..4 0.6 1.2
Base metals and articles of base metals
6.693 183.5 195.0 15.5 0.4 2.0 4.6 6.3
Iron and steel 1.982 242.2 271.0 36.1 4.6 3.6 6.4 11.9
Articles of iron or steel 1.604 114.8 148.7 16.7 4.0 1.4 2.5 2.7
Copper and articles thereof 0.831 307.6 323.9 22.0 -8.9 5.3 8.6 5.3
Aluminum and articles thereof 0.984 149.6 158.2 8.4 -0.4 0.7 5.8 5.7
Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.429 127.0 127.5 2.6 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.4

U.S. Export Prices Indexes and Percent Changes for April

Description
Relative Importance
Index
Annual % Change
Monthly % Change
Mar. '08 Mar. '08 Apr. '08 Apr. '07 - Apr. '08 Dec. '07 - Jan. '08 Jan. '08 - Feb. '08 Feb. '08 - Mar. '08 Mar. '08 - Apr. '08
Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, ceramics, glass etc. 0.792 118.8 111.3 2.6 0.4 0.0 0.2 -0.4
Glass and glassware* 0.428 99.7 100.0 3.2 0.1 -0.1 0.4 0.3
Primary metal manufacturing 4.804 147.3 151.7 22.9 0.6 5.1 7.0 3.0
Fabricated metal product manufacturing
2.631 114.4 114.7 3.8 1.0 0.3 -0.2 0.3
Base metals and articles of base metals
5.865 175.4 178.6 8.1 1.1 3.0 3.7 1.8
Iron and steel 1.553 230.7 231.2 15.9 4.5 6.8 5.8 0.2
Articles of iron or steel 1.380 150.7 150.8 4.4 1.3 0.5 0.5 0.1
Copper and articles thereof 0.710 264.3 271.6 13.2 -1.7 7.4 7.1 2.8
Aluminum and articles thereof 1.009 150.2 155.5 4.6 -1.7 1.1 7.1 3.5
Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.351 124.7 124.7 -1.9 0.5 0.5 -3.7 0.0

* The glass and glassware category includes all types of glass products, including flat glass.

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