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Wholesale Prices Rise 1.1% in 2006; 0.9% in December


Wholesale prices rose 1.1% in all of 2006, in contrast to the 5.4% rise in 2005, the Department of Labor reported. The government attributed the slower rate of advance to the index for finished energy goods, which fell 2% in 2006 after climbing 23.9% a year earlier. Otherwise, wholesale prices except foods and energy moved up 2% in 2006 following a 1.4% gain in 2005.


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At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by intermediate goods producers increased 2.8% in 2006 compared with an 8.6% advance in the preceding year, while the crude goods index declined 2.4% after moving up 21.1% in 2005.


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Wholesale prices rose 0.9% in December, seasonally adjusted. The rise follows a 2% advance in November and a 1.6% decline in October. At the ...

index for materials for durable manufacturing declined 0.2 percent in December following a 0.5-percent decrease in November. Falling prices for semifinished steel mill products; hot rolled steel bars, plates, and structural shapes; thermoplastic resins; copper and brass mill shapes; and building paper and board outweighed price increases for cold rolled steel sheet and strip, hot rolled steel sheet and strip, and primary aluminum (except extrusion billet). In 2006, the index for materials for durable manufacturing jumped 13.1


percent following a 5.9-percent advance in 2005.


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Crude goods


The Producer Price Index for Crude Materials for Further Processing rose 2.9 percent in December after climbing 15.7 percent in November. Prices for crude energy materials and for foodstuffs and feedstuffs advanced less than they had a month earlier. Conversely, the index for basic industrial materials rose more than it had in the preceding month.


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Price increases for crude energy materials slowed to 5.5 percent in December from 35.8 percent a month earlier. The index for natural gas advanced 6.8 percent following a 92.8-percent jump in the previous month. The coal index decreased 0.6 percent after edging down 0.2 percent in the prior month. By contrast, crude petroleum prices turned up 5.0 percent following a 1.2-percent decline in November.


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In 2006, the crude energy materials index fell 11.4 percent after climbing 42.2 percent in 2005. The index for crude foodstuffs and feedstuffs inched up 0.2 percent after increasing 2.8 percent in the preceding month.


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In December, rising prices for fluid milk, fresh and dry vegetables, fresh fruits and melons, unprocessed finfish, and alfalfa hay more than offset declining prices for slaughter turkeys, wheat, and slaughter cattle. In 2006, crude foodstuffs and feedstuffs prices rose 2.9 percent following a 1.6-percent increase in 2005.


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The basic industrial materials index moved up 1.0 percent after rising 0.5 percent a month earlier. Iron and steel scrap prices turned up 6.8 percent in December following a 5.6-percent decrease in November. The index for softwood logs, bolts, and timber also increased following a decline in the previous month. Prices for wastepaper rose more than they had in November. By contrast, the advance in the gold ores index slowed to 1.2 percent in December after rising 12.0 percent a month earlier. Prices for aluminum base scrap also increased less in December than a month earlier. The indexes for copper base scrap and for construction sand, gravel, and crushed stone turned down after rising in the prior month. Prices for iron ore fell after no change in November.


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The basic industrial materials index climbed 16.7 percent in 2006 following a 5.2-percent gain in 2005.



More details on 2006 full year and December PPI here.


Economic indicators at MDM’s Databank.


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index for dairy products increased less in December than it had in the prior month.


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Intermediate goods


The Producer Price Index for Intermediate Materials, Supplies, and Components increased 0.5 percent in December following a 0.7-percent advance in November. Prices for intermediate energy goods and for intermediate foods and feeds rose less than they had in the previous month. The index for materials for nondurable manufacturing fell more in December than in the preceding month. Conversely, the indexes for construction materials, as well as materials for durable manufacturing, declined less in December than they had in the prior month. Prices for intermediate goods less foods and energy fell 0.1 percent after decreasing 0.3 percent a month earlier.


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The index for intermediate energy goods increased 2.3 percent in December compared with a 4.2-percent gain in November. Diesel fuel prices moved up 10.2 percent after advancing 14.6 percent in the preceding month. The indexes for gasoline, industrial natural gas, and residual fuels also rose less than they had in November. Prices for natural gas to electric utilities and commercial electric power turned down in December after increasing in the prior month. Alternatively, the jet fuels index advanced 12.6 percent following a 5.4-percent decline in November. Prices for liquefied petroleum gas also turned up in December after falling in November. In 2006, prices for intermediate energy goods declined 4.4 percent after advancing 26.2 percent in 2005.


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The rate of increase in the intermediate foods and feeds index slowed from 3.4 percent in November to 1.5 percent in December. Prices for prepared animal feeds rose 4.0 percent in December compared with a 7.4-percent gain a month earlier. The indexes for natural, processed, and imitation cheese and for shortening and cooking oils also advanced less than they had in November. Beef and veal prices turned down in December after rising in the preceding month. The indexes for flour and for refined sugar and byproducts fell more in December than they had a month earlier. By contrast, prices for processed young chickens jumped 10.4 percent in December following a 1.5-percent gain in the prior month. In 2006, the index for intermediate foods and feeds advanced 5.7 percent following a 2.4-percent increase in 2005.


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Prices for materials for nondurable manufacturing declined 0.5 percent in December after falling 0.4 percent in November. The indexes for plastic resins and materials, finished fabrics, primary basic organic chemicals, synthetic rubber, and gray fabrics moved down in December. These decreases outweighed rising prices for ethanol, paper, inedible fats and oils, fertilizer materials, intermediate basic organic chemicals, and basic inorganic chemicals. The index for materials for nondurable manufacturing advanced 2.1 percent in 2006 following an 8.9-percent gain in 2005.


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The index for materials and components for constructionmoved down 0.1 percent in December after declining 0.5 percent in November. Prices for steel mill products fell 0.4 percent compared with a 4.4-percent drop in the prior month. The indexes for plastic construction products and softwood lumber also decreased at slower rates than they had a month earlier. Prices for asphalt felts and coatings, wiring devices, and mineral wool for structural insulation turned up after declining in November. By contrast, the index for nonferrous wire and cable moved down 2.6 percent following a 1.1-percent decline in November. Prices for concrete products rose less in December than in the prior month. During 2006, prices for materials and components for construction advanced 4.3 percent after climbing 6.1 percent in the previous year.


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Wholesale prices rose 1.1% in all of 2006, in contrast to the 5.4% rise in 2005, the Department of Labor reported. The government attributed the slower rate of advance to the index for finished energy goods, which fell 2% in 2006 after climbing 23.9% a year earlier. Otherwise, wholesale prices except foods and energy moved up 2% in 2006 following a 1.4% gain in 2005.


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At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by intermediate goods producers increased 2.8% in 2006 compared with an 8.6% advance in the preceding year, while the crude goods index declined 2.4% after moving up 21.1% in 2005.


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Wholesale prices rose 0.9% in December, seasonally adjusted. The rise follows a 2% advance in November and a 1.6% decline in October. At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by manufacturers of intermediate goods moved up 0.5% in December after climbing 0.7% a month earlier, and the crude goods index increased 2.9% following a 15.7% gain in November.


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Among prices for finished goods, the index for energy goods rose 2.5% in December compared with a 6.1% advance in the prior month. Price increases for finished goods other than foods and energy also slowed in December, gaining 0.2% following a 1.3% November advance. By contrast, the index for finished consumer foods moved up 1.7 percent after rising 0.1 percent in the previous month. Before seasonal adjustment, the Producer Price Index for Finished Goods advanced 0.5 percent in December to 160.5 (1982 = 100).


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Finished goods


The index for finished energy goods rose 2.5 percent in December following a 6.1-percent jump in the prior month. Leading this deceleration, gasoline prices increased 7.1 percent after surging 17.9 percent in November. The indexes for residential natural gas, home heating oil, and diesel fuel also moved up less in December than they had a month earlier. Prices for finished lubricants were unchanged following gains in November. By contrast, the index for liquefied petroleum gas advanced 4.0 percent in December after decreasing 2.8 percent in the previous month. Prices for residential electric power also turned up after declining in November.


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The index for finished goods other than foods and energy advanced 0.2 percent in December following a 1.3-percent jump in the preceding month. Price increases for light motor trucks slowed to 0.7 percent after climbing 13.7 percent in November. The indexes for passenger cars, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and other toilet preparations, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, agricultural machinery and equipment, and commercial furniture turned down in December. Civilian aircraft prices were unchanged compared with advances in November, while the index for heavy motor trucks rose less in December than it had a month earlier. By contrast, prices for pharmaceutical preparations moved up 0.6 percent following a 0.4-percent decline in November. The indexes for integrating and measuring instruments, railroad equipment, and sanitary paper products also turned up in December. Prices for mobile homes fell less than they had in November.


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The index for finished consumer foods increased 1.7 percent in December after inching up 0.1 percent in the previous month. Prices for fresh and dry vegetables jumped 21.7 percent following a 14.2-percent drop in November. The indexes for fresh fruits and melons, finfish and shellfish, and processed turkeys also turned up in December. Prices for processed young chickens and processed fruits and vegetables rose more than they had in November. By contrast, the soft drinks index decreased 0.5 percent in December after advancing 2.1 percent a month earlier. Prices for beef and veal and for bakery products also moved down following gains in November. The

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