April Producer Price Index: Final Demand Up 0.1% MoM
Today's release of the April Producer Price Index (PPI) for Final Demand came in at 0.1% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, down from last month's 0.2%. It is at 2.6% year-over-year, down from 3.0% last month, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Core Final Demand (less food and energy) came in at 0.2% MoM, down from the previous month and is up 2.3% YoY NSA. Investing.com MoM consensus forecasts were for 0.2% headline and 0.2% core.
Here is the summary of the news release on Final Demand:
The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.1 percent in April, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices advanced 0.3 percent in March and 0.2 percent in February. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index increased 2.6 percent for the 12 months ended in April.
In April, the index for final demand services advanced 0.1 percent, and prices for final demand goods were unchanged.
The index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services edged up 0.1 percent in April after increasing 0.4 percent in March. For the 12 months ended in April, prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services advanced 2.5 percent. More…
Finished Goods: Headline and Core
The BLS shifted its focus to its new "Final Demand" series in 2014, a shift we support. However, the data for these series are only constructed back to November 2009 for Headline and April 2010 for Core. Since our focus is on longer-term trends, we continue to track the legacy Producer Price Index for Finished Goods, which the BLS also includes in their monthly updates.
As this (older) overlay illustrates, the Final Demand and Finished Goods indexes are highly correlated.
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