July Producer Price Index: Final Demand at 9.8% YoY

Last week's release of the July Producer Price Index (PPI) for Finished Goods was down 1.9% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, down from a 2.9% increase last month. It is at 15.3% year-over-year, up from down from am 18.3% increase last month, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

The July PPI for Final Demand was at -0.5% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, down from a 1.0% increase last month. Investing.com MoM consensus forecasts for Final Demand were for 0.2% headline and 0.4% core.

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

The Producer Price Index for final demand fell 0.5 percent in July, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This decline followed advances of 1.0 percent in June and 0.8 percent in May. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, final demand prices moved up 9.8 percent for the 12 months ended in July.

In July, the decrease in the index for final demand is attributable to a 1.8-percent decline in prices for final demand goods. In contrast, the index for final demand services advanced 0.1 percent.

Prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 0.2 percent in July following a 0.3-percent rise in June. For the 12 months ended in July, the index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services increased 5.8 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.