U.S. Wholesale Prices Unexpectedly Show First Drop Since 2016
Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:56 WIB | UNITED STATES |Ekonomi ASPPI

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December for the first time in more than a year on declining costs for services, a potential sign that inflation pressures are easing in the economy.

Producer-price index fell 0.1% m/m (est. 0.2% rise) after 0.4% gain the previous month; first decline since Aug. 2016.

PPI rose 2.6% from a year earlier (est. 3%) after 3.1% gain in prior 12-month period.

Excluding food and energy, core gauge fell 0.1% m/m (est. 0.2% rise); rose 2.3% y/y.

Most of the monthly drop in the PPI reflected a 0.2 percent decline in the cost of services, while goods prices were unchanged. A drop in the index for automotive fuel retailing was a major driver, along with falls in costs for loan services, airline passenger services and apparel retailing.

The PPI excluding food, energy, and trade services, a measure some economists prefer because it strips out the most volatile components, rose 2.3 percent from December 2016 following a 2.4 percent gain.

With inflation still below the Federal Reserve™s target, the PPI report is likely to put additional focus on Labor Department figures due Friday for consumer prices. That will give a better indication of where inflation is headed and how it will factor into the central bank™s deliberations over how fast to raise interest rates in 2018.

Excluding the volatile categories of food, energy, and trade services,producer costs rose 0.1 percent from the previous month following a 0.4 percent increase.

Energy prices unchanged from the prior month; food costs fell 0.7 percent.

Retail margins for automotive fuels and lubricants fell 10.7 percent; airline passenger services were down 4.3 percent, the most since February 2009.

Source: Bloomberg

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