U.S. dollars surges near value of Euro

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. dollar has been surging so much that it’s nearly equal in value to the euro for the first time in 20 years.

That trend, though, threatens to hurt American companies because their goods become more expensive for foreign buyers. If U.S. exports were to weaken as a result, so, too, would the already-slowing U.S. economy.

Yet there’s a positive side for Americans, too: A stronger buck provides modest relief from runaway inflation because the goods that are imported to the U.S. – from cars and computers to toys and medical equipment – become less expensive. A strengthened dollar also delivers bargains to American tourists sightseeing in Europe.