Tag Archive for ‘inflation’

Building Materials Prices Hold Steady in October

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction held steady in October (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices have declined an average of 0.2% per month over the last 12 months, and the price of goods used in residential construction has risen 1.7% in 2019…. Read More ›

Real Rent Index Edges Up in September

In September, NAHB’s Real Rent Index increased 0.2 percent over August’s reading, after essentially no growth between June and August (Figure 1). Over the first nine months of 2019, the average monthly growth rate of the Real Rent Index was 0.13%, slightly higher than the average of 0.11% in 2018. NAHB constructs a “real” rent index to indicate whether inflation… Read More ›

Year-to-Date Price Growth of Building Materials is Slowest in Years

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction decreased by 0.3% in September (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices have declined an average of 0.1% per month over the last 12 months, and the price of goods used in residential construction has risen 1.7% in… Read More ›

Prices Paid for Building Materials Increase in July

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased by 0.7% in July (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices have declined an average of 0.1% per month over the last 12 months, compared to an average monthly increase of 0.8% during the same period 2017-2018…. Read More ›

Building Materials Price Declines Led by Lumber and Plywood

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction decreased by 1.1% in June (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The decline broke a four-month trend of increases and was only the fifth month over the past two years in which prices fell. Over the past 12 months, building materials prices… Read More ›

Gypsum, OSB, and Softwood Lumber Prices Decline in January

Overall, the price of goods used in residential construction declined 0.5% in January (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast to December–when prices paid for building materials (except OSB) changed little–prices fell by an average of 2.9% in January. Prices paid for inputs to residential construction (goods)… Read More ›

OSB Leads Building Materials Prices Lower in December

Overall, the price of materials inputs to residential construction declined 1.8% in December (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While most building materials prices showed little movement in December, prices paid for OSB fell by double digits for the second consecutive month. OSB prices declined 12.0% (NSA) in… Read More ›

Headline Inflation Flat in November

The pace of headline inflation slowed from 0.3% in October to 0.0% in November as energy prices declined sharply. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, following a 0.3% increase in October. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased by… Read More ›

OSB, Lumber, and Gypsum Lead Building Materials Prices Lower in November

Softwood lumber prices fell 3.0% in November the second consecutive decrease for the index to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The producer price index for softwood lumber has fallen 23.6% (not seasonally adjusted) since setting cycle and all-time highs in June (see below). After the decrease, the index level is 9.6% lower… Read More ›

Lumber, OSB Prices Retreat in August as Gypsum Reaches New High

Residential construction goods input prices declined, on average, in August as large monthly increases and decreases offset each other, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although the index for inputs to residential construction fell by 0.5% (not seasonally adjusted), it has increased more than twice as much in 2018 (+4.9%) as… Read More ›