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Export and Import Price Indices - 1st Quarter 2017

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Export Price Index (EPI)
1.  The EPI fell by 3.8% from 99.0 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 95.2 in the first quarter of 2017, mainly due to decreases in the prices of Food and live animals” (-5.6%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-2.7%).
 
2.  Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2016, the index went down by 3.0% mainly due to decreases in the prices of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material”   (-13.5%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-8.1%), partly offset by an increase of 4.5% in the prices of “Food and live animals”.
 
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
 
3.  The IPI rose by 3.8% from 84.2 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 87.4 in the first quarter of 2017. That was mainly the effect of increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+8.7%) and “Food and live animals” (+7.2%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-5.0%).
 
4.  Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016, the index went up by 12.9%, mainly as a result of increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+50.3%), “Beverages and tobacco” (+12.0%) and “Food and live animals” (+3.1%), partly offset by decreases in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-6.1%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-3.5%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.  The terms of trade index, i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index, decreased by 8.7 points (-7.4%) from 117.6 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 108.9 in the first quarter of 2017. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016, the terms of trade decreased by 17.8 points (-14.0%).
 
 
 
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June 2017