Tag Archive for ‘prices’

Rents Increase as the Consumer Price Index Falls

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that consumer prices decreased for the first time since April 2013. On a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis prices decreased 0.2% in August. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 1.7% before seasonal adjustments. In spite of the month-over-month decline in the consumer price index, the shelter index… 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 ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in April – Not So Fast

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) rose 0.6% in April from March. This increase was dominated by increases in food goods and trade services. Excluding the more volatile, and weather affected categories of food, trade and energy, prices increased a more… Read More ›

Food, Energy, and Shelter Prices Rise in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that consumer prices increased by 0.3% in April after a 0.2% increase in March. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 2.0% before seasonal adjustments. This is the largest twelve month increase since July of last year. Indexes for food, energy, and shelter all rose in April…. Read More ›

Producer Prices in February – Well Restrained

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for February. Overall, inflation at the producer level declined -0.1% in February from January (seasonally adjusted), balancing a 0.4% increase in prices for goods and a 0.3% decline in prices for services. On an unadjusted basis, inflation slowed to 0.9% for the 12 month period ending in February,… Read More ›

Producer Prices in January – Big Changes at the Top, Not Much at the Bottom

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released major changes to the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) program with the data for January. The objective was to realign the aggregate indexes with the contours of a dynamic economy, incorporating indexes for services, construction, government purchases, and exports into the broader aggregate indexes. (For more information see new PPI.) The results show a… Read More ›