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Export and Import Price Indices - 3rd Quarter 2018

 

Highlights
Export Price Index (EPI)
1.    The EPI fell by 1.0% from 99.6 in the second quarter of 2018 to 98.6 in the third quarter, mainly due to a decrease in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-1.2%).
2.    Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index decreased by 4.0%. The decrease is mainly due to the lower prices of “Food and live animals” (-17.7%), partly mitigated by an increase in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+9.3%).
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
 
3.    The IPI increased by 1.7% from 93.8 in the second quarter of 2018 to 95.4 in the third quarter. This is mostly explained by an increase in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+6.7%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Food and Live animals” (-2.4%).
 
4.    Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the index rose by 10.3%, mainly as a result of an increase in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+42.3%) and decreases in the prices of “Food and Live animals” (-10.0%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-4.4%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.    The terms of trade index, i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index, decreased by 2.8 points (-2.6%) from 106.2 in the second quarter of 2018 to 103.4 in the third quarter. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, the terms of trade decreased by 15.3 points (-12.9%).

 

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December 2018