May Producer Price Index: Final Demand Up 10.8% YoY

This morning's release of the May Producer Price Index (PPI) for Finished Goods was up 1.8% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, up from a 0.8% change last month. It is at 16.4% year-over-year, up from a 15.5% increase last month, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

The May PPI for Final Demand was at 0.8% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, up from a 0.8% increase last month. MoM consensus forecasts for Final Demand were for 0.8% headline and 0.6% core.

Here is the summary of the news release on Final Demand:

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.8 percent in May, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This rise followed advances of 0.4 percent in April and 1.6 percent in March. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, final demand prices moved up 10.8 percent for the 12 months ended in May.

In May, nearly two-thirds of the rise in the index for final demand was due to a 1.4-percent advance in prices for final demand goods. The index for final demand services increased 0.4 percent.

Prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 0.5 percent in May after increasing 0.4 percent in April. For the 12 months ended in May, the index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services rose 6.8 percent. More…

Also the BLS began tracking PPI to three decimal points:

Effective with the release of November 2021 Producer Price Index (PPI) data, on December 14, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish interim index values for all preliminary PPI data, starting with values for August through October 2021. Within PPI, interim indexes are defined as recalculated indexes for the 3 months between the initial publication and final revision of PPI data. With this modification, data within the 3-month interim revision period will be updated and published on a monthly basis. This replaces the current policy of only publishing revised data once, when the data have been finalized 4 months after original publication. PPI data will continue to be finalized 4 months after initial publication.

The publication of interim index values will allow for greater transparency regarding PPI revisions, and will align PPI official index publication with Bureau of Economic Analysis use of PPI interim index data as an input to Gross Domestic Product calculations.