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From the category archives: Producer Prices

Producer Prices

Construction Materials Prices Flat in March

National construction materials prices were flat in March and are 0.9 percent higher year over year, according to the Labor Department’s April 12 Producer Price Index report. Nonresidential construction materials prices slipped 0.2 percent for the month, but are up 0.2 percent compared to one year ago.
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Construction Materials Prices Increase 1.3 Percent in February

The nation’s construction material prices rose 1.3 percent in February—marking the sharpest increase in 22 months, according to the March 14 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Overall, construction materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices rose 1.4 percent last month, and are up 1 percent on a year-over-year basis. 
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Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.7 Percent in January

National construction materials prices increased 0.7 percent in January, with year-over-year prices rising 1.3 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 0.6 percent for the month and 0.8 percent during the last 12 months. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Slip 0.1 Percent in December

National construction materials prices barely declined in December—dipping 0.1 percent—and are just 1.3 percent higher than a year ago. Average annual prices in 2012 were 1.9 percent higher than 2011 prices, a reflection of unusual price stability during the course of the year. Nonresidential construction prices were down 0.3 percent in December and are up 0.8 percent year over year.  Annual prices were up 1.7 percent compared to the previous year.
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Construction Materials Prices Fall 1.1 Percent in November

In a sign of a weak global economy, the nation’s construction materials prices fell 1.1 percent in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to the producer price index report by the U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1 percent higher than the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Decrease 0.4 Percent in October

The nation’s construction materials prices fell for the first time in three months, slipping 0.4 percent in October, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s producer price index (PPI). However, materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.5 percent for the month, but were 1.8 percent higher on a year-over-year basis.
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Construction Materials Prices Increase for First Time in Four Months

The nation’s construction materials prices increased for the first time in four months, rising 0.9 percent in August, according to the Sept. 13 Producer Price Index report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year over year, construction materials prices are up 1 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices were 1 percent higher for the month and are up 0.7 percent from August 2011. Read the rest of entry »
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