The price of goods imported to the United States increased 1.1% in December, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
The gains were led by imported fuels and food. Excluding automobiles, prices of imported consumer goods were unchanged. Prices excluding fuel rose 0.3%.
The overall increase followed a revised 1.5% gain in November that was the highest in a year.
The gain was slightly lower than economistsâ€™ forecast of a 1.2% increase, Bloomberg reported.
U.S. export prices rose 0.7% after a 1.5% gain the month before, Labor said.
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