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Summary of Producer Price Inflation, August 2013

Released: 17 September 2013 Download PDF


A production error was discovered in Producer Price Index, August 2013, originally published on 17th September. This error affected the seasonally adjusted input index for all manufacturing excluding food, beverages, tobacco and petroleum industries (series 6207998950 [K658]). Index values and percentage change figures for August and September 2012 and August 2013 were affected.

This error has now been corrected.

ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Figure A: Output prices

Figure A: Output prices
Source: Index Numbers of Producer Prices (PPI): Provision of Price Information - Office for National Statistics

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Output price 'factory gate' annual inflation for all manufactured products rose 1.6% in the year to August, compared with a rise of 2.1% in the year to July.

Month on month the output price measure for all manufactured products rose 0.1% between July and August, compared with a rise of 0.2% between June and July.

The 'narrow' output price measure, which leaves out volatile sectors, rose 1.0% in the year to August, down from a rise of 1.1% in the year to July.

Figure D: Input prices (materials & fuel) manufacturing industry

Figure D: Input prices (materials & fuel) manufacturing industry
Source: Index Numbers of Producer Prices (PPI): Provision of Price Information - Office for National Statistics

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Input price annual inflation rose 2.8% in the year to August, down from a rise of 5.1% in the year to July.

Month on month, the input price measure of UK manufacturers’ materials and fuels fell 0.2% between July and August, compared with a rise of 1.2% between June and July.

The ‘narrow’ input price measure rose 3.1% in the year to August. In seasonally adjusted terms there was a rise of 0.4% between July and August.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Producer Price Indices monitor the price changes of goods bought and sold by UK manufacturers. Input prices are prices of materials and fuels bought and output prices, also known as ‘factory gate prices’, are prices at which goods are sold.

  2. As well as output and input price indices, results are shown for ‘narrow’ indices, which are a subset which exclude more seasonal and erratic items (food, drink, tobacco and petroleum).

  3. The figures shown are not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

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Further information

Producer Price Index (PPI) User Guidance and Methodology - Collection of documents containing guidance on Producer Price Index (PPI) statistics

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