In this last year, have you been trying to understand what is contributing to your increased prices for such products as corrugated paper products, computer parts, and automobiles? Are you aware that Europe has been recovering from an economic slump during this last year that resulted in their increased purchases of corrugated paper products in the global marketplace? Did you recognize the effect the Kobe, Japan earthquake had on the availability of computer parts? Did the economic downturn in Mexico and the resulting decrease in exports affect your company's balance sheets? Certainly, you must have noticed how the weaker U.S. dollar has raised the retail prices of many imports, including automobiles.
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