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Export & Import Price Indices - 1st Quarter 2016

Highlights
Export Price Index (EPI)
1.  The EPI fell by 1.6% from 99.6 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 98.1 in the first quarter of  2016, mainly due to a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-5.1%).
 
2.  Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2015, the index rose by 5.5%, mainly explained by a price increase in “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+8.4%).
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
 
3.  The IPI went down by 5.1% from 81.6 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 77.4 in the first quarter of 2016. That was mainly the effect of a decrease in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (-22.0%).
 
4.  Compared to the corresponding period of 2015, the index went down by 10.9%, mainly as a result of a decrease in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (-34.9%), partly offset by an increase in the prices of “Machinery and transport equipment” (+5.0%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.  The terms of trade index, i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index, was up by 4.6 points (+3.8%) from 122.1 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 126.7 in the first quarter of 2016. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015, the terms of trade rose by 19.8 points (+18.5%).
 
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June 2016