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Producer Prices in April – Up in March, Down in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for April. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) fell 0.4% in April after a modest increase (0.2%) in March. The decline was dominated by goods, and mainly energy, but prices for services also declined by 0.1%. Prices for gypsum flattened out in April… Read More ›

House Price Appreciation Moderates

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released the House Price Index (HPI) data for February, 2015. Figure 1 shows the House Price Index (HPI) data from January 1991 to February 2015. The annual growth rate is also presented in Figure 1. House price appreciation has been volatile but averaged approximately 5% from 1991 to 2003 prior to the housing… Read More ›

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 ›

Top Posts of 2014: New Home Prices by Metro Area and State

With the end of 2014, NAHB’s Eye on Housing is reviewing the posts that attracted the most readers over the last year. In July, we published data on new home prices by state and metro areas. —————————– By Natalia Siniavskaia In response to frequent requests from its members, NAHB Economics recently released its estimates of new single-family home prices by state and metro area…. Read More ›

Top Posts of 2014: Where are Sale and Contract Prices per Square Foot Highest?

With the end of 2014 approaching, NAHB’s Eye on Housing is reviewing the posts that attracted the most readers over the last year. In October, we used Census data to compare new home prices across regions in the U.S. —————————– By Natalia Siniavskaia Looking at single-family homes started in 2013, new NAHB research quantifies regional differences in sale and contract prices per square foot. The… 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 ›