U.S. PPI rose by 0.2%

The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.2 percent in February, seasonally  adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices rose 0.4  percent in January and were unchanged in December. On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index increased 2.8 percent for the 12 months ended in February. In February, the rise in final demand prices is attributable to a 0.3-percent advance in the index for final demand services.


Chinese Consumer Prices Spike Most In 5 Years

Yuan is tumbling after Chinese Consumer prices spiked 2.9% YoY in February - the biggest jump in inflation since Nov 2013. Consumer prices jumped 1.2% MoM and 2.9% YoY (considerably higher than the 2.5% jump expected). The biggest driver of the price surge being food (something few can do without) which soared 4.4% - the biggest jump since June 2016.


UK CPI unchanged in January

The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) 12-month inflation rate was 2.7% in January 2018, unchanged from December 2017. The largest downward contribution to change in the rate came from prices for motor fuels, which rose by less than they did a year ago. The main upward effect came from prices for a range of recreational and cultural goods and services, in particular, admissions to attractions such as zoos and gardens, for which prices fell by less than they did a year ago. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate was 3.0% in January 2018, unchanged from December 2017.


China CPI up by 1.5% in January

China’s consumer inflation cooled to 1.5 percent in January, in line with economists’ forecasts, official data showed on Friday. The consumer price index (CPI) had been expected to moderate from a 1.8 percent gain in December. The producer price index (PPI) rose 4.3 percent from a year earlier, also cooling from the previous month’s rise of 4.9 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on its website.


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