Which consumer is better off due to the drop in oil prices, a person in the USA or a person in Europe?
Since the start of the summer oil prices have dropped from $105 to under $50.
At the same time, the US Dollar has strengthened significantly against the Euro.
The price of oil is expressed in US Dollar terms. Thus from a European perspective, the strengthening dollar has reduced the degree of drop in oil prices from the Euro perspective. For the US consumer the price of oil has dropped 53%, while for the European consumer it’s dropped just 46%. If you’re a US consumer thinking about a trip to Europe, with a little more spare change in your pocket and the US Dollar stronger than it's been in seven years, now might be a great time to go.
Oil prices chart from www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart
Dollar chart from www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/