The price of capital goods imports fell 0.1 percent in March. More than three-quarters of this index is nonelectrical machinery, the price of which has been virtually flat for two years. It should be noted that the general fall in the price of nonelectrical machinery over the last decade is due to falling computer and semiconductor prices — a steady decline of about 45 percent since early 2001. By contrast, the prices of capital goods excluding computers and semiconductors have risen 1.4 percent per year over that time.
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