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Post allowances will remain steady for the next two weeks at all European locations where U.S. troops are based except Portugal, the State Department’s Office of Allowances announced Sunday in a memo.

For U.S. civilians stationed at Lajes Field in the Azores, allowances shot up 25 percent Sunday, returning to an all-time high. The exchange rate caused the change, according to the memo.

Rates in many other European locales are also at or near record highs, according to historical data available on the allowance office’s Web site.

For most U.S. civilians in Europe, post allowances have been steady since March following a slump in the dollar. At that time, allowances went up in every country using the euro. Rates in the United Kingdom, which uses the British pound, have held steady since February 2007.

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