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Thursday, February 15, 2018

USA Economy - Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in January.. - bls

NEWS Release - February 15, 2018 - PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES  JANUARY 2018 


The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices were unchanged in December and moved up 0.4 percent in November. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index rose 2.7 percent for the 12 months ended in January. 

In January, the rise in the index for final demand is attributable to a 0.3-percent increase in prices for final demand services and a 0.7-percent advance in the index for final demand goods. 

The index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services rose 0.4 percent in January, the largest advance since increasing 0.5 percent in April 2017. For the 12 months ended in January, prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 2.5 percent, the largest rise since 12-month percent change data were available in August 2014.



Final Demand 

Final demand services: Prices for final demand services advanced 0.3 percent in January following a 0.1- percent decline a month earlier. Nearly two-thirds of the broad-based increase is attributable to the index for final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing, which moved up 0.4 percent. Margins for final demand trade services rose 0.3 percent, and prices for final demand transportation and warehousing services advanced 0.4 percent. (Trade indexes measure changes in margins received by wholesalers and retailers.) 

Product detail: A major factor in the January increase in prices for final demand services was the index for hospital outpatient care, which rose 1.0 percent. The indexes for apparel, footwear, and accessories retailing; health, beauty, and optical goods retailing; residential real estate services (partial); long-distance motor carrying; and hospital inpatient care also moved higher. In contrast, margins for chemicals and allied products wholesaling declined 2.3 percent. Prices for wireless telecommunication services and airline passenger services also fell. (See table 4.) 

Final demand goods: The index for final demand goods jumped 0.7 percent in January, the sixth consecutive increase. Over 80 percent of the January advance can be traced to prices for final demand energy, which climbed 3.4 percent. The index for final demand goods less foods and energy rose 0.2 percent. Conversely, prices for final demand foods fell 0.2 percent.

 Product detail: Nearly half of the January increase in the index for final demand goods is attributable to prices for gasoline, which climbed 7.1 percent. The indexes for residential electric power, iron and steel scrap, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and fresh and dry vegetables also moved higher. In contrast, prices for chicken eggs fell 38.9 percent. The indexes for residential natural gas and for power cranes, draglines, and shovels also declined.




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