The price of goods imported to the United States fell in July for a fourth consecutive month, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The 0.6% decrease followed a 2.4% decline in June.
Economists had forecast a 0.2% rise, Bloomberg reported.
Petroleum and refined products fell 1.6%. Prices excluding petroleum dipped 0.4%.
Imported food costs declined 1.6%, while automobiles and parts rose 0.4%.
U.S. export prices climbed 0.5% in July, Labor said.