by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
The BLS reports the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes both advanced in July.
U.S. import prices continued to advance in July, ticking up 0.1 percent. Prices for imports have not recorded a monthly decrease over the past 5 months and increased 3.0 percent since last declining in February. Prior to July, the increases were driven by rising fuel prices. In contrast, in July, nonfuel prices led the advance and fuel prices recorded a decrease. Despite the recent increases, import prices remain down on an over-the-year basis, falling 3.7 percent over the past 12 months. Import prices have not recorded a 12-month advance since 2 years ago when the index rose 0.9 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.