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Export and Import Price Indices 2nd Quarter 2013

Highlights

 
 
 
1.      Export Price Index (EPI)
 
The Export Price Index (EPI) stood at 109.3 in the second quarter of 2013, same as in the first quarter of 2013. However, changes were noted at lower level. Main changes were: prices of “Food and live animals” rose by 1.4% and those for “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” went down by 1.2%.
 
Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2012, the index was higher by 6.3%, explained mainly by price increases in “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+22.1%), “Food and live animals” (+5.8%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+3.5%).
 
2.      Import Price Index (IPI)
 
The Import Price Index (IPI) fell by 1.2% from 123.3 in the first quarter of 2013 to 121.8 in the second quarter of 2013. That was the effect of decreases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (-7.9%), partly offset by increases in the prices of “Beverages and Tobacco” (+7.4%).
 
Compared to the corresponding period of 2012, the index dropped by 1.8%, mainly as a result of decreases in the prices of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-13.7%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (-4.2%). That was partly offset by increases in the prices of “Beverages and Tobacco” (+13.2) and “Food and live animals” (+8.5%).
 
3.      Terms of Trade Index
 
The terms of trade index (i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index) was up by 1.1 points from 88.6 during the first quarter of 2013 to 89.7 in the second quarter of 2013. Compared to the corresponding period of 2012, the terms of trade rose by 6.8 points, from 82.9 to 89.7.
 
 
 
September 2013