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Export and Import Price Indices 2nd Quarter 2014

 
Highlights 
Export Price Index (EPI)
1.      The EPI dropped by 2.0% from 107.3 in the first quarter of 2014 to 105.2 in the second  quarter of  2014, mainly due to a decrease of 6.9% in the prices of “Food and Live  animals”, partly offset  by an increase of  0.5% in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles”. The decrease in “Food and live animals” was mostly explained by “Fish and fish preparations” (-12.7%) and “Sugars, sugar preparations and honey” (-3.3%).
 
2.      Compared to price levels in the corresponding quarter of 2013, the index was lower by 3.3%, explained mainly by a price decrease in “Food and live animals” (-18.5%), partly offset by an increase in the prices of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+6.8%).
 
Import Price Index (IPI)
3.      The IPI increased by 0.4% from 118.9 in the first quarter of 2014 to 119.4 in the second quarter of 2014. That was the effect of increases in the prices of “Food and live animals” (+5.1%) and “Beverages and tobacco” (+3.7%), partly offset by a decrease in the prices of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (-1.7%).
 
4.      Compared to the corresponding period of 2013, the index dropped by 2.3%, mainly as a result of a decrease in the prices of “Food and live animals” (-8.3%), partly offset by an increase in the prices of “Beverages and tobacco” (+3.5%).
 
Terms of Trade Index
5.      The terms of trade index (i.e. the ratio of Export Price Index to Import Price Index) was down by 2.2 points from 90.3 during the first quarter of 2014 to 88.1 in the second quarter of 2014. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2013, the terms of trade dropped by 0.9 point.
 
 
 
 
September 2014