Import prices advance in January

February 14, 2003

The U.S. Import Price Index increased 1.5 percent in January, after rising 0.6 percent in December. The increase was primarily attributable to a continued rise in petroleum prices.

Over-the-month percent change in price index for imports, January 2002–January 2003 (not seasonally adjusted)
[Chart data—TXT]

The 1.5-percent increase in overall import prices last month was the largest advance since the index rose 1.6 percent in April 2002. Over the past 12 months, the index increased 5.5 percent.

Prices for imported petroleum rose 12.4 percent in January after a 6.2-percent increase in December. Petroleum prices jumped 68.6 percent from January 2002 to January 2003, and are at the highest level since November 2000. The price index for nonpetroleum imports was up 0.2 percent for the second consecutive month in January, and 0.6 percent over the past year.

In January, the Export Price Index increased 0.4 percent after declining 0.2 percent in December.

These data are a product of the BLS International Price program. Learn more in "U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes - January 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-69.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Import prices advance in January on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


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