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A story in Friday’s edition about an increase in post allowance for U.S. civilians living in Europe may have confused some readers. The post allowance payment made to U.S. civilians living overseas represents a percentage increase over Washington cost-of-living, applied to “spendable income.”

Therefore, 25 percent in the post allowance tables means goods and services are 25 percent more expensive in Europe than Washington.

Increasing the post allowance from 25 percent to 30 percent in the tables represents an actual 20 percent increase in post allowance.

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