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June 1992, Vol. 115, No. 6
Michelle Albert Vachris
T he International Price Program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently began reporting quarterly U. S. import price indexes, first published with the April 30, 1992, release of first quarter data, are available for the following countries and regions:1
As shown in chart 1, Canada, the European Community, Japan, and the Asian NIC'S accounted for about 70 percent of total U. S. imports in 1985, the reference year for the dollar-volume weights used in calculating the indexes. The trade share for the developed countries was 65.4 percent, compared with 34.6 percent for the developing countries.
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1 Developed and developing regions are defined according to the standard U.S. Bureau of the Census definition; the European Community (EC) includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Luxembourg; and the Asian Newly Industrialized Countries (NIC'S) include Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
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