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July 2012

MDM Pricing Trends Report: Second Quarter 2012

This report was formerly called the Inflation by Commodity Group Report.

This report is researched and produced by MDM editors. View the First Quarter 2012 report here.

These product groups provide a snapshot of inflation trends based on the Producer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Second quarter 2011 pricing levels are compared with second quarter 2012, and first quarter 2012 with second quarter 2012.

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  • Abrasives
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Metal Cutting Machine Tools
  • Metal Forming Machine Tools
  • Pumps, Compressors, & Eqmt
  • Ind. Material Handling Eqmt
  • Rubber & Plastic Hose
  • Rubber & Plastic Belts & Belting
  • Ind. Rubber Products, nec
  • Personal Protection Clothing & Equipment
  • Metal Valves (not fluid power)
  • Steel Mill Products


  • Softwood Lumber
  • Hardwood Lumber
  • General Millwork
  • Gypsum Products
  • Hardboard, Particlebd, Fiberbd
  • Plywood
  • Plastic Construction Products
  • Wood Ties, Siding, Shingles, Shakes


  • Electrical Machinery & Eqmt
  • Electronic Components & Accs
  • Integrating and Measuring Instruments
  • Motors & Generators
  • Wiring Devices
  • Transformers & Power Regulators
  • Switchgear, Switchboard, etc. Eqmt
  • Communications & Related Eqmt
  • Electric Lamp Bulbs & Parts
  • Nonferrous Wire & Cable
  • Fabricated Ferrous Wire & Cable Products

Power Transmission/Bearing

  • Mechanical Power Transmission Eqmt
  • Ball & Roller Bearings
  • Plain Bearings & Bushings
  • Speed Changers, Drives &
  • Gears

Fluid Power

  • Fluid Power Eqmt
  • Fluid Power Valves
  • Fluid Power Hose/Tube Fittings
  • Fluid Power Pumps & Parts
  • Fluid Power Actuators/Accum/
  • Cylinders


  • Plastic Resins & Materials
  • Plastic Products (Overall)


  • Nuts, Bolts, Screws, Rivets,
  • Washers (overall)
  • Aircraft Fasteners
  • Externally Threaded Fasteners
  • Internally Threaded Fasteners
  • Nonthreaded Metal Fasteners


  • Hardware (overall)
  • Builders’ Hardware


  • Cutting Tools & Accs (overall)
  • Hand & Edge Tools
  • Power-Driven Hand Tools
  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Small Cutting Tools
  • Tools, Dies, Jigs, Molds, Fixtures


  • Industrial Gases
  • Welding Machinery/Equipment


  • Sanitary Paper Products


  • Boxes
  • Packaging & Ind. Conv. Paper
  • Packaging Products from Plastic
  • Pulp, Paper and Allied Products


  • Air Cond. & Refrigeration Eqmt
  • Heating Eqmt
  • Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings

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