US import prices rose 0.2 percent from a month earlier in April 2019, following a 0.6 percent gain in March and missing market expectations of 0.7 percent. Import fuel prices were up 2.5 percent (vs 6.9 percent in March), boosted by a 6.1 percent advance in petroleum prices while natural gas cost slumped 53.7 percent, the largest decrease since the index was first published on a monthly basis in December 1994. Meanwhile, nonfuel import prices edged down 0.1 percent in April (vs -0.2 percent in March), as cost for capital goods dropped 0.4 percent, the biggest decline since March 2009, while prices for foods, feeds, and beverages increased. Year-on-year, import prices dropped 0.2 percent in April, driven by lower nonfuel prices. Import Prices in the United States averaged 108.81 Index Points from 1982 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 147.50 Index Points in July of 2008 and a record low of 75 Index Points in March of 1986.