Import prices rose 2.0% in August, increasing for the fifth time in six months, led primarily by an increase in fuel prices, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Prices excluding fuel rose 0.4%, the largest monthly increase since July 2008. Prices for imports excluding fuel remain down 5.1% over the past 12 months. The 5.3% decrease recorded for the year ending in July was a record decline since the series started in December 2001.

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