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Export and Import Price Indices - 2nd Quarter 2018

 

Highlights
Export Price Index (EPI)
1.    The EPI rose by 2.7% from 97.0 in the first quarter of 2018 to 99.6 in the second quarter, mainly due to an increase in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+6.2%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-1.5%).
2.    Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index increased by 1.7%. That was mainly due to an increase in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+10.5%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-8.3%).
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
 
3.    The IPI increased by 7.7% from 87.2 in the first quarter of 2018 to 93.9 in the second quarter. That was mainly the effect of increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+14.4%) and “Crude materials, inedible, except fuels” (+8.8%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-3.7%).
 
4.    Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index rose by 10.1%, mainly as a result of increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+30.7%), “Beverages and Tobacco” (+11.8%) and “Chemical materials & related products, n.e.s” (+8.2%), partly offset by decreases in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-6.1%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (-1.3%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.    The terms of trade index, i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index, decreased by 5.1 points (-4.6%) from 111.2 in the first quarter of 2018 to 106.1 in the second quarter. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the terms of trade decreased by 8.7 points (-7.6%).

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 September 2018