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[IWS] BLS: PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES - FEBRUARY 2015 [13 March 2015]
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PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES - FEBRUARY 2015 [13 March 2015]
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The Producer Price Index for final demand fell 0.5 percent in February, seasonally adjusted, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices moved down 0.8 percent in
January and 0.2 percent in December. On an unadjusted basis, the index for final demand
decreased 0.6 percent for the 12 months ended in February. (See table A.)
In February, about 70 percent of the decline in final demand prices can be attributed to a 0.5-
percent decrease in the index for final demand services. Prices for final demand goods moved
down 0.4 percent.
Within intermediate demand, the index for processed goods fell 0.6 percent, the index for
unprocessed goods dropped 3.9 percent, and prices for services edged up 0.1 percent. (See tables
B and C.)
Final demand services: Prices for final demand services fell 0.5 percent in February, the largest
decline since the inception of the index in December 2009. Leading the decrease, margins for final
demand trade services dropped 1.5 percent. (Trade indexes measure changes in margins received by
wholesalers and retailers.) The index for final demand transportation and warehousing services also
moved down 1.5 percent. In contrast, prices for final demand services less trade, transportation, and
warehousing rose 0.3 percent.
Product detail: In February, nearly 30 percent of the decline in the index for final demand services
can be traced to margins for fuels and lubricants retailing, which fell 13.4 percent. The indexes for
machinery, equipment, parts, and supplies wholesaling; food and alcohol retailing; apparel, jewelry,
footwear, and accessories retailing; truck transportation of freight; and wireless telecommunication
services also moved lower. Conversely, prices for inpatient care advanced 0.6 percent. The indexes
for outpatient care (partial) and for TV, video, and photographic equipment and supplies wholesaling
also increased. (See table 4.)
Final demand goods: The index for final demand goods moved down 0.4 percent in February, the
eighth consecutive decrease. Over two-thirds of the decline in February can be attributed to prices for
final demand foods, which fell 1.6 percent. The index for final demand goods less foods and energy
inched down 0.1 percent, and prices for final demand energy were unchanged.
Product detail: About a quarter of the decline in prices for final demand goods can be traced to the
index for fresh and dry vegetables, which dropped 17.1 percent. Prices for iron and steel scrap,
meats, jet fuel, industrial chemicals, and processed poultry also moved lower. In contrast, the index
for gasoline rose 1.5 percent. Prices for light motor trucks and chicken eggs also moved up.
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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