Tag Archive for ‘Building Materials’

Producer Prices in August – Wood Products Prices Mixed, Gypsum Threatens Again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for August. Producer prices for finished goods rose 0.3% in August driven by increases in food (0.6%) and energy (0.8%) prices. Excluding food and energy, the core index was flat. The PPI for softwood lumber rose 2.6% from July to August after declining 2.3% from June to July…. Read More ›

Producer Prices in July – Flat Prices Overall, Wood Products Prices Extend Their Descent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for July. Producer prices for finished goods were flat in July after rising 0.8% in June and 0.5% in May. Excluding food and energy, the core index continued its recent stability rising 0.1%. A 0.2% monthly decline in energy prices and flat food prices held the headline index flat… Read More ›

Building Material Price Growth Slows

After a period of significant increases, the growth in the prices of building materials has slowed according to June Producer Price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Year-over-year growth in gypsum prices slowed by 3.8 percentage points to 15.6%. Annual softwood lumber price growth decelerated by 8.7 percentage points to 8.0%. And Oriented Strand Board (OSB) prices grew… Read More ›

Builders and Lumber Dealers Both Report Shortages of Key Materials

The home building industry is facing emerging shortages of key building materials like lumber and wall board, according to surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) in May. Among builders, the highest incidence of shortages was for oriented strand board (OSB), with 22 percent of builders reporting shortages,… Read More ›

Producer Prices in April – Builders May Get Relief on Wood Products Prices

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for April. Overall, producer prices declined for a second month based on continuing declines in energy prices, but the sharp price increases for the building materials framing lumber and OSB may be nearing an end. The PPI for finished goods declined 0.7% in April from March (seasonally adjusted)… Read More ›

Producer Prices in March – Building Materials Prices Approaching Housing Boom Highs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for March. Overall producer price increases have been relatively modest but prices for some building materials have soared in the last year. The PPI for finished goods decreased 0.6% in March from February (seasonally adjusted) based on declines in energy prices, and prices are up 1.1% from one… Read More ›

Producer Prices in February – Building Materials Prices Continue to Outpace the Rest

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for February. Energy prices, rising 3.0% based largely on gasoline prices, pushed the overall index up 0.7%. Food prices declined 0.5% while the core price index (i.e., excluding food and energy) was stable, rising 0.2% since last month. While overall producer prices have been relatively stable, the prices… Read More ›