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Wholesale Price Index

May 2013

 Price index (Year ‘05=100)% monthly change% annual change
Mar 2013101.4+0.9%+1.1%
Apr 2013101.7+0.3%+1.9%
May 2013102.3+0.6%+1.9%

Annual Manufacturing Prices increase by 1.9% in May

Figure 1 Manufacturing Industries Output Price Index
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Monthly factory gate prices increased by 0.6% in May 2013. This compares to a similar increase of 0.6% for May of last year. As a result, the annual percentage change showed an increase of 1.9% in May 2013, which compares with a similar increase of 1.9% in the year to April 2013.  See graph across and table 1.

In the month, the price index for export sales increased by 0.7%, while the index for home sales decreased by 0.3%.  In the year there was an increase of 2.2% in the price index for export sales (this can be influenced by currency fluctuations) and an increase of 0.6% in respect of the price index for home sales.  See table 2 and Figure 2.

In the month, the most significant changes were increases in Meat and meat products (+2.2%), Computer, electronic and optical products (+1.3%) and Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations (+0.8%), while there were decreases in Dairy products (-1.3%) and Other non-metallic mineral products (-0.1%).  See tables 2 and 2A.

Contributing to the annual change were increases in Computer, electronic and optical products (+6.2%), Meat and meat products (+5.2%) and Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations (+1.8%), while there were decreases in Chemicals and chemical products (-3.6%), Electrical equipment (-3.3%) and Other food products including bread and confectionary (-0.6%).  See tables 2 and 2A.

The yearly price index for Mining and quarrying increased by 0.9% while the monthly index increased by 0.1%.  See table 2

  • Building and Construction All materials prices increased by 1.1% in the year since May 2012.  The most notable yearly changes were increases in Glass (+10.4%), PVC pipes and fittings (+9.9%) and Stone (+4.7%) while there were decreases in Paints, oils and varnishes (-5.8%), Other Structural steel (-3.8%) and Hardwood (-3.8%). Building and Construction All material prices showed no change for the month.  See table 3.
  • Year on year, the price of Capital Goods increased by 0.6%, while the monthly price index increased by 0.1%.   See table 4. 
  • The price of Energy products decreased by 1.4% in the year since May 2012, while Petroleum fuels decreased by 3.6%.  In May 2013, the monthly price index for Energy products increased by 0.1%, while Petroleum fuels also increased by 0.1%.  See table 5.
Table 1 Manufacturing Industries Output Price Indices (excluding VAT) Rebased Series 2005=100 
         Base: Year 2005 as 100
  Manufacturing Industries Output Price Index Manufacturing Industries Output Price Index (Home Sales) Manufacturing Industries Output Price Index (Export Sales)
  
PeriodPrice Index% Change on preceding periodAnnual % change Price Index% Change on Preceding Period Price Index% Change on Preceding Period
           
2005Year100.0-- 100.0- 100.0-
2006Year100.40.40.4 103.53.5 99.8-0.2
2007Year98.1-2.3-2.3 105.82.2 96.6-3.2
2008Year96.8-1.3-1.3 112.05.9 94.0-2.7
2009Year97.50.70.7 108.0-3.6 95.51.6
2010Year97.60.10.1 109.61.5 95.3-0.2
2011Year98.10.50.5 114.64.6 95.0-0.3
2012Year101.03.03.0 117.42.4 97.93.1
           
2010Quarter 197.10.5-1.1 107.90.0 95.00.6
 Quarter 298.51.40.9 110.01.9 96.31.4
 Quarter 398.1-0.40.5 110.10.1 95.9-0.4
 Quarter 496.7-1.40.1 110.50.4 94.1-1.9
           
2011Quarter 198.01.30.9 112.72.0 95.21.2
 Quarter 297.7-0.3-0.8 115.52.5 94.4-0.8
 Quarter 397.70.0-0.4 115.2-0.3 94.40.0
 Quarter 498.91.22.3 115.1-0.1 95.81.5
           
2012Quarter 1100.51.62.6 116.91.6 97.41.7
 Quarter 2100.3-0.22.7 118.00.9 97.0-0.4
 Quarter 3101.91.64.3 117.0-0.8 99.02.1
 Quarter 4101.1-0.82.2 117.70.6 98.0-1.0
           
2013Quarter 1100.8-0.30.3 118.40.6 97.5-0.5
           
2011January98.21.01.3 111.60.8 95.61.0
 February98.0-0.20.6 112.71.0 95.3-0.3
 March97.8-0.20.9 113.81.0 94.8-0.5
 April97.1-0.7-0.8 115.11.1 93.7-1.2
 May98.41.3-0.6 116.51.2 95.01.4
 June97.6-0.8-1.0 115.0-1.3 94.4-0.6
 July97.60.0-0.4 115.10.1 94.3-0.1
 August97.2-0.4-1.0 115.20.1 93.8-0.5
 September98.41.20.2 115.30.1 95.21.5
 October98.1-0.32.5 114.6-0.6 95.0-0.2
 November99.00.91.9 115.30.6 96.01.1
 December99.50.52.4 115.50.2 96.50.5
           
2012January100.91.42.7 116.61.0 98.01.6
 February100.3-0.62.3 116.90.3 97.1-0.9
 March100.30.02.6 117.20.3 97.10.0
 April99.8-0.52.8 118.30.9 96.3-0.8
 May100.40.62.0 118.40.1 97.00.7
 June100.70.33.2 117.3-0.9 97.60.6
 July102.01.34.5 116.2-0.9 99.31.7
 August103.01.06.0 117.51.1 100.31.0
 September100.6-2.32.2 117.4-0.1 97.5-2.8
 October100.90.32.9 117.3-0.1 97.80.3
 November101.70.82.7 118.00.6 98.60.8
 December100.8-0.91.3 117.7-0.3 97.7-0.9
           
2013January100.5-0.3-0.4 117.3-0.3 97.3-0.4
 February100.50.00.2 118.30.9 97.2-0.1
 March101.40.91.1 119.71.2 97.90.7
 April101.70.31.9 119.4-0.3 98.40.5
 May102.30.61.9 119.1-0.3 99.10.7
Table 2 Industrial Producer Price Indices (excluding VAT)       
      Base Year 2005 as 100
          Index Monthly % change Annual % change
 NACE code1  
 Apr 2013May 2013 Mar 2013Apr 2013May 2013 May 2013
    
Food Products10127.5128.2 0.50.60.5 2.6
      Meat and meat products101138.7141.7 0.13.52.2 5.2
      Fish and fish products102141.2141.4 -1.5-3.00.1 2.5
      Fruit and vegetables103105.4105.5 -0.10.30.1 -0.8
      Vegetables and animal oils and fats104151.7151.7 0.10.00.0 8.0
      Dairy products105125.9124.3 0.11.0-1.3 5.4
      Grain milling, starches and animal feeds106,109146.2146.2 2.60.70.0 12.8
      Bakery and farinaceous products107128.3128.5 0.30.30.2 0.6
      Other food products108120.9121.5 0.6-0.70.5 -0.6
Beverages11107.8109.1 0.00.11.2 5.3
Textiles13110.9110.9 0.00.00.0 -0.1
Wearing apparel14103.3103.4 0.40.20.1 0.5
Leather and leather products (incl. footwear); dressing and dyeing of fur1598.899.0 -0.10.20.2 2.0
Wood and wood products16112.8113.1 0.10.30.3 -0.6
Pulp, paper and paper products1797.597.6 0.00.10.1 -1.7
Printing and reproduction of recorded media1898.999.4 -0.20.40.5 -3.3
Chemicals and chemical products20101.9102.1 0.3-0.10.2 -3.6
Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations2187.588.2 0.80.00.8 1.8
Rubber and plastic products22109.6109.8 -0.10.10.2 1.5
Other non-metallic mineral products23116.2116.1 0.30.3-0.1 0.5
Basic metals24132.2133.3 1.1-0.50.8 -1.0
Fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment25104.0104.2 0.10.10.2 0.7
Computer, electronic and optical products2689.590.7 1.31.61.3 6.2
Electrical equipment27137.3137.6 -0.10.30.2 -3.3
Machinery and Equipment n.e.c.28108.6109.1 0.40.10.5 1.9
Motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers2991.591.7 0.2-1.60.2 -3.2
Furniture 31101.0101.4 0.00.10.4 -0.3
Other Manufacturing32109.8109.9 0.00.20.1 0.8
Mining and quarrying05-09113.0113.1 2.4-1.80.1 0.9
          
Total transportable goods industries 101.8102.4 0.90.30.6 1.9
          
Food products, Beverages and Tobacco Products10-13125.0125.8 0.40.50.6 2.6
Manufacturing industries excluding Food Products  96.496.9 0.90.30.5 1.7
Manufacturing Industries excluding Food Products,          
Beverages and Tobacco Products 95.996.4 1.10.20.5 1.6
Intermediate goods industries (except energy) 114.9115.1 0.30.10.2 0.4
Capital goods industries 91.192.1 1.01.31.1 5.4
Durable consumer goods industries 109.0109.5 0.30.20.5 0.0
Non-durable consumer goods industries 101.4102.1 0.60.20.7 1.7
          
Manufacturing industries (home sales)2 119.4119.1 1.2-0.3-0.3 0.6
Manufacturing industries (export sales)2 98.499.1 0.70.50.7 2.2
Total manufacturing industries2 101.7102.3 0.90.30.6 1.9
1 Nace Rev. 2 Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community.    
2 Excludes Mining and quarrying.         
Table 2A Contribution to changes in the Manufacturing Output Price Index, May 2013 (Table 2)
     
Industrial sectorNACE code1 Contribution to overall % change2
  One monthTwelve months
Food Products10 0.120.49
      Meat and meat products101 0.110.27
      Fish and fish products102 0.000.01
      Fruit and vegetables103 0.00-0.00
      Vegetables and animal oils and fats104 0.000.00
      Dairy products105 -0.050.16
      Grain milling, starches and animal feeds106,109 0.000.12
      Bakery and farinaceous products107 0.000.00
      Other food products108 0.05-0.07
Beverages11 0.030.12
Tobacco Products12 0.000.01
Textiles13 0.00-0.00
Wearing apparel14 0.000.00
Leather and leather products (incl. footwear); dressing and dyeing of fur15 0.000.00
Wood and wood products16 0.00-0.01
Pulp, paper and paper products17 0.00-0.01
Printing and reproduction of recorded media18 0.01-0.05
Coke and refined petroleum products19 -0.18-0.53
Chemicals and chemical products20 0.01-0.09
Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations21 0.210.50
Rubber and plastic products22 0.000.03
Other non-metallic mineral products23 -0.000.01
Basic metals24 0.01-0.01
Fabricated metal products, except Machinery and equipment25 0.000.01
Computer, electronic and optical products26 0.301.30
Electrical equipment27 0.00-0.05
Machinery and Equipment n.e.c.28 0.010.05
Motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers29 0.00-0.03
Other transport equipment30 0.00-0.02
Furniture 31 0.00-0.00
Other Manufacturing32 0.000.05
Repair and Installation of machinery and equipment33 0.00-0.01
Mining and quarrying05-09 0.000.01
1 Nace Rev. 2 Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community. 
2 See Background Notes.    
Table 3 Detailed Wholesale Price Indices (excluding VAT) for Building and Construction Materials
      Base: Year 2005 as 100
MaterialsIndex Monthly % change  Annual % change
   
Apr 2013May 2013 Mar 2013Apr 2013May 2013  May 2013
   
Stone, sand and gravel141.6141.5 3.70.5-0.1  3.7
      Stone140.6139.5 4.3-0.6-0.8  4.7
      Sand and gravel187.8196.0 0.27.74.4  -1.0
Cement128.6128.6 0.00.60.0  0.0
Ready mixed mortar and concrete109.8110.2 -0.3-0.40.4  2.7
Concrete blocks and bricks122.0120.4 -0.20.5-1.3  -1.8
Other concrete products98.198.1 0.00.00.0  -0.6
      Precast concrete96.996.9 0.00.00.0  -2.1
      Other concrete products         
      (Excluding precast concrete)97.797.7 0.00.00.0  0.1
Structural steel and reinforcing metal117.6117.4 -0.3-0.2-0.2  0.5
      Structural steel118.3118.2 -0.40.2-0.1  2.0
            Fabricated metal115.3115.1 -0.10.3-0.2  2.7
            Other Structural steel92.292.2 -3.5-0.20.0  -3.8
      Reinforcing metal116.5116.3 0.0-0.8-0.2  -1.7
      Other steel products99.599.5 0.0-0.50.0  0.8
Rough timber (including plain sawn)116.0116.0 0.00.00.0  2.1
      Hardwood102.2102.2 0.00.00.0  -3.8
      Other117.8117.8 0.00.00.0  2.8
Other timber107.7107.7 0.00.00.0  -0.9
      Windows and doors114.4114.4 0.00.00.0  -0.2
      Other102.0102.0 0.00.00.0  -1.8
Bituminous macadam, asphalt and          
bituminous emulsions182.1182.5 0.90.40.2  2.4
      Bituminous macadam and asphalt182.4182.9 0.90.40.3  2.9
      Bituminous emulsions176.5173.8 1.0-0.7-1.5  -7.6
Electrical fittings122.8122.8 0.01.40.0  1.0
      Lighting equipment132.3132.3 0.00.00.0  0.2
      Protection & communication equipment 112.3112.3 0.00.00.0  -0.8
All other materials136.1136.4 -0.1-0.10.2  1.2
      Plumbing materials incl. Sanitary ware113.9113.9 0.00.00.0  -1.0
      HVAC (heating & ventilation equipment) 115.0113.4 -1.50.0-1.4  -3.2
      Insulating materials139.8144.4 0.00.03.3  4.6
      Pipes and fittings193.1192.3 0.00.3-0.4  1.6
            PVC110.3110.3 0.00.10.0  9.9
            Copper365.6363.6 0.00.3-0.5  -0.7
      Plaster123.5123.9 0.00.30.3  1.8
      Paints, oils and varnishes99.899.8 0.00.00.0  -5.8
      Glass135.7135.7 0.00.00.0  10.4
      All other metal fittings116.8116.8 0.80.00.0  0.2
      All other products129.5129.9 0.0-0.70.3  1.6
All materials124.1124.1 0.20.20.0  1.1
Table 4 Capital Goods Price Indices (excluding VAT)       
        Base: Year 2005 as 100
Capital goodsIndex Monthly % change Annual % change
Apr 2013May 2013 Mar 2013Apr 2013May 2013  May 2013 
Transportable capital for use in          
               Agriculture115.3115.3 0.10.10.0  2.6 
               Industry99.399.6 0.1-0.20.3  1.7 
         of which:          
               Private vehicles1105.0105.0 0.00.00.0  0.5 
               Commercial vehicles98.799.3 0.00.00.6  -0.1 
Agriculture and industry101.7102.0 0.1-0.20.3  1.9 
Other sectors101.3101.5 0.10.00.2  1.6 
Total transportable capital101.5101.8 0.1-0.10.3  1.8 
Building and construction113.0113.0 0.10.00.0  0.4 
      (i.e. materials and wages)          
           
All capital goods111.3111.4 0.10.00.1  0.6 
1 Private vehicles are inclusive of VAT which is non-deductible for industry and agriculture.
Table 5 Wholesale Price Indices (excluding VAT) for Energy Products     
(i.e. Fuels purchased by Manufacturing Industry)      
        Base: Year 2005 as 100
Energy fuelsIndex Monthly % Change Annual % Change
Apr 2013May 2013 Mar 2013Apr 2013May 2013  May 2013 
           
Petrol148.0148.2 -1.8-1.10.1  -2.2 
Autodiesel140.2139.9 -1.5-2.0-0.2  -2.6 
Gas oil (other than autodiesel)146.1146.0 -2.8-2.3-0.1  -2.7 
Fuel oil175.3175.8 -2.5-2.10.3  -4.4 
           
Petroleum fuels161.0161.2 -2.3-2.10.1  -3.6 
Energy products1129.5129.6 -0.9-0.80.1  -1.4 
1 Energy products including an estimated subindex for electricity.      
Figure 2 Manufacturing Industries: Output Price Indices for Home and Export Sales (Base: Year 2005 as 100)

Background Notes

Wholesale Price Index        

The term Industrial Producer Price Index refers to a family of indices that measure the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. The other three wholesale price index series incorporate imported and home produced goods sold by manufacturers and wholesale outlets.

Coverage

The output price indices for sectors of Manufacturing Industries cover both home sales and export sales.  The Indices for Total transportable goods industries; Food, drink and tobacco; Manufacturing industries excluding food; Manufacturing industries excluding food, drink and tobacco; Intermediate goods industries (except energy); Capital goods industries; Durable consumer goods industries; Non-durable consumer goods industries; Manufacturing industries (home sales); Manufacturing industries (export sales) and Total manufacturing industries are all calculated on a net sector basis, i.e. the weights used to combine the sectoral indices (including those for sectors not distinguished in Table 2) exclude sales to other sectors of Manufacturing Industry.

Table 2A gives the percentage contribution of each sector (including those not published on Table 2) to the overall percentage change on Table 2. The percentage contributions on Table 2A may not add up to the Total Manufacturing industries percentage change on Table 2 due to rounding and other adjustments for presentational purposes.  In comparing these contributions against these percentage changes in indices presented on Table 2 caution should be exercised as the former is calculated on a net sector basis.

The Building Materials, Capital Goods and Energy Products indices (Tables 3, 4 and 5) cover home production and imports of these commodities.  Table 3, the Wholesale Price Index for Building and Construction Materials, provides only a general indication of price trends in that sector.  Actual transaction prices are collected for materials purchased by construction and civil engineering firms. The price indices reflect an ‘average’ over a mixture of products from many companies throughout the country.  They also reflect prices for both long-term and short-term contracts and for high and low volume civil engineering works. It should be noted that long-term, high volume fixed contracts for major works might dilute in the short-term the impact of emerging price changes on the index.  Furthermore, industry sources have confirmed that price increases notified by companies may not always be achieved in practice following negotiations. Much depends on the prevailing market conditions. Therefore changes over the short-term in the indices derived from these transaction prices will not always coincide with price changes notified by companies.

Prices

All indices in the series are based on prices at the 15th of the month. Quarterly and annual indices are simple averages of the corresponding monthly indices.

Prices used in the compilation of the indices are:

  • excluding delivery charges itemised on the invoice separately
  • after discounts or surcharges are applied
  • before addition of direct subsidies
  • exclusive of VAT (except for private vehicles used in Table 4)
  • inclusive of excise duty

Every effort is made by the Wholesale Prices Section to collect all prices for the relevant month. Where this is not possible late prices are included in the following month’s calculations.

Methodology

This Wholesale Price Index series is compiled to base 2005 as 100. A methodological description of this updated series is given in the Wholesale Price Index Introduction of Updated Series base 2005 as 100.

Calculating percentage changes in the index

The movement of the output price indices is expressed as percentage change, rather than a change in index points, because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to its base period, whereas percentage changes are not.

The example below illustrates the computation of a percentage change:

Percentage change calculation  
Current index  105.6
Less previous index  102.1
Equals in index points   3.5
Divided by the previous index   102.1
Equals   0.0343
Results multiplied by 100   0.0343 x 100
Equals percentage change   3.4

Alternatively, users may calculate a percentage change by dividing the current index by the previous index, multiplying by 100 and then subtracting 100.

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