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Producer Prices in March – Positive for the Economy, Negative for Building Materials, But In a Good Way

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for March, reporting that inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) increased 0.2% in March after a string of monthly declines. The overall increase was led by increasing prices for energy, mainly gasoline. Prices for services rose 0.1%. Rising energy prices and any indication… Read More ›

Producer Prices in February – Falling Prices, Except for Gypsum

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for February. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.5% in February. The decline was dominated by a decline in prices for services and within services prices for trade, transportation and warehousing. Prices for goods also declined led by falling food prices. Energy… Read More ›

Producer Prices in January – Gas Down, Wood Products Sideways, Gypsum Up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for January. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.8% in January from December driven by a 24.0% decline in the price index for gasoline. Excluding food and energy, prices for goods declined 0.2%. Prices for services declined 0.2% in January. Among wood… Read More ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in November – Gas Powered Declines Don’t Help Wood Products Prices

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for November. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.2% in November from October driven by falling energy prices. Excluding food and energy, core price were down 0.1%. Softwood lumber prices dipped 2.1% for the month but have mostly moved sideways in 2014,… Read More ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in October – Wood Products Soften, Gypsum Rises

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for October. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) increased 0.2% in October after a 0.1% decline in September and no change in August. Over the 12 months ending in October prices were up 1.5%. The October increase was fueled by prices for services… Read More ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in September – Gypsum Prices, Here We Go Again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for September. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.1% in September from August led by declines in food and energy prices. Over the 12 months ending in September prices were up 1.6%. Softwood lumber prices rose 1.3% in September but have moved… Read More ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in August – Builder Materials Prices Soft, Fewer Shortages

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for August. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) was flat in August from July. Over the 12 months ending in August prices were up 1.8%. Softwood lumber prices rose 2.4% in August but are down modestly from an earlier March peak. OSB prices… Read More ›