A monthly report that measures inflationary pressures created by foreign exchange rates and international demand for U.S. products. When the U.S. dollar is strong against foreign currencies, foreign consumers are forced to spend more of their currency to purchase U.S. goods and services, thus stifling demand. By contrast, a weaker U.S. Dollar gives foreign markets more Buying Power for U.S. products, but makes imported goods more expensive for U.S. consumers. Import/export price data for the prior month are released by Bureau of Labor during the second week of each month and is available on the Web at www.bls.gov.
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