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Export and Import Price Indices - 1st Quarter 2018

 

Highlights
Export Price Index (EPI)
1.    The EPI fell by 2.0% from 99.0 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 97.0 in the first quarter of 2018, mainly due to a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-5.5%), partly offset by increases in the prices of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+3.8%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+0.4%).
2.    Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index increased by 1.9%. That was mainly due to increases in the prices of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+7.7%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+4.2%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-1.2%).
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
 
3.    The IPI fell by 4.4% from 91.2 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 87.2 in the first quarter of 2018. That was mainly the effect of decreases in the prices of “Food and Live animals” (-17.0%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-1.9%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-1.7%), partly offset by increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+2.8%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+2.7%).
 
4.    Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index fell by 0.1%, mainly as a result of decreases in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-8.8%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-3.6%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (-1.3%), partly offset by increases in the prices of “Beverages and Tobacco” (+17.7%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+6.5%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.    The terms of trade index, i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index, increased by 2.6 points (+2.4%) from 108.6 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 111.2 in the first quarter of 2018. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the terms of trade increased by 2.2 points (+2.0%).

 

 

 

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June 2018