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In a separate report, the Labor Department said import prices increased 0.6 percent last month after rising 0.9 percent in February.The increase exceeded economists' expectations of a 0.2 percent rise and was driven by food prices, which recorded their largest increase in three years. In the 12 months through March, import prices fell 0.6 percent, pointing to continued weak imported inflation that is helping to keep a lid on domestic price pressures.Last month, import food prices jumped 3.7 percent, the biggest rise since March 2011, after falling 0.7 percent in February.The Labor Department report also showed export prices increased 0.8 percent in March, the largest gain since September 2012 .In the 12 months through March, export prices gained 0.2 percent.
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