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Quarterly Export and Import Price Indices 3rd Quarter 2013

Highlights

 
 
 
1.    Export Price Index (EPI)
 
The Export Price Index (EPI) rose by 0.3% from 109.3 in the second quarter of 2013 to 109.6 in the third quarter of 2013. That was mainly due to increases in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+1.1%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+0.7%).
 
Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2012, the index was higher by 5.9%, explained mainly by price increases in “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+20.3%), “Food and live animals” (+7.3%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+2.3%).
 
2.    Import Price Index (IPI)
 
The Import Price Index (IPI) increased by 2.3% from 122.2 in the second quarter of 2013 to 124.9 in the third quarter of 2013. This was mainly the effect of increases in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+6.8%) and “Food and live animals” (+1.8%).
 
Compared to the corresponding period of 2012, the index dropped by 1.8%, mainly as a result of a decrease in the prices of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-15.7%), partly offset by increases in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+6.4%) and “Food and live animals” (+5.2%).
 
3.    Terms of Trade Index
 
The terms of trade index (i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index) dropped by 1.8 points from 89.5 during the second quarter of 2013 to 87.7 in the third quarter of 2013. Compared to the corresponding period of 2012, the terms of trade rose by 6.3 points, from 81.4 to 87.7.
 
 
 
December 2013