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Release: Producer Price Index, March 2012

Released: 13 April 2012 Next edition: 11 May 2012

Contact

Kevin Buckthought

Prices

ppi@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456628

Categories: Economy, Prices, Output and Productivity, Price Indices and Inflation, Producer Price Indices

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): Index Numbers of Producer Prices (PPI): Provision of Price Information

  • In the year to March 2012 the output price index for home sales of manufactured products rose 3.6 per cent, compared with a rise of 4.1 per cent last month. The last time the annual rate was lower was in January 2010, when the index rose 3.5 per cent.

  • Between February and March the output index for home sales of manufactured products rose 0.6 per cent.

  • In the year to March 2012 the output price index excluding food, beverages, tobacco & petroleum rose 2.5 per cent, compared with a rise of 3.0 per cent last month.

  • The output PPI for March 2012 was affected by Budget increase in taxation of tobacco (coming into effect from 21 March 2012) and alcoholic drinks (coming into effect from 26 March 2012). Due to to the timing of these increases, if passed on in full and immediately, these changes in excise duty are estimated to have added less than 0.1 per cent to the overall output index in March 2012.

  • In the year to March 2012 the total input price index rose 5.8 per cent, compared with a rise of 7.8 per cent last month. The last time the annual rate was lower was in November 2009, when the index rose 3.9 per cent.

  • Between February and March the total input price index rose 1.9 per cent.

A comprehensive selection of data on input and output index series. Contains producer price indices of materials and fuels purchased and output of manufacturing industry by broad sector.

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