Non-energy commodity prices rose by 0.6 percent in March—a third straight monthly increase—led by gains in several food prices, but there were also declines in most metals prices and a few agriculture commodities, notably arabica coffee. Crude oil prices continued to climb on numerous production outages and expected losses of Iranian exports because of U.S./EU sanctions. Natural gas prices in Europe jumped on higher oil prices, while U.S. prices continue to plummet on weak demand and growth in shale-gas output.
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