Shipping containers are stacked on a ship docked at Yusen Terminals on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, January 30, 2019.
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U.S. import prices fell by the most in more than five years in April as the coronavirus crisis depressed demand for petroleum products, which could strengthen some economists’ predictions of a brief period of deflation.
The Labor Department said on Thursday import prices dropped 2.6% last month, the largest decline since January 2015, after a revised 2.4% decline in March.
Import prices, which exclude tariffs, were previously reported to have decreased 2.3% in March.
Economists polled by Reuters had seen import prices plunging…