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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 ›

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 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 ›

Producer Prices in November – Energy Price Declines Push Overall Prices Down – Little Relief For Home Builders

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for November. Once again energy prices are the main driver. The PPI for finished goods declined 0.8%, led by a 4.6% decline in the energy index. Core producer prices (i.e., excluding food and energy) rose 0.1%. Historically, core prices have been relatively stable, averaging monthly increases of 0.2%,… Read More ›