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Summary of Producer Price Inflation, May 2013

Released: 18 June 2013 Download PDF

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 1.2% in the year to May, compared with a rise of 0.9% in the year to April.

Month on month the output price measure for all manufactured products was unchanged between April and May, compared with a fall of 0.2% between March and April.

The 'narrow' output price measure, which leaves out volatile sectors, rose 0.8% in the year to May, up from a rise of 0.7% in the year to April.

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 2.2% in the year to May, compared with a fall of 0.1% in the year to April.

Month on month, the input price measure of UK manufacturers’ materials and fuels fell 0.3% between April and May, compared with a fall of 2.3% between March and April.

The ‘narrow’ input price measure rose 1.9% in the year to May. In seasonally adjusted terms there was a fall of 0.1% between April and May.

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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