In March 2019 the Producer Price Index (PPI) was up by
0.2 percent compared to the previous month and
up by 5.7 percent a year.
The prices for manufactured products increased by 0.5 percent compared to the previous month, resulting in a 0.38 percentage point contribution to the overall monthly PPI change.
Within the group noteworthy price increases were registered for basic metals and fabricated metal products (1.2 percent) and pulp, paper and paper products (2.3 percent).
The annual PPI rate was mainly affected by price changes for the following products: Manufactured products: the prices increased by 6.7 percent, contributing 5.28 percentage points to the overall annual index growth. There was an increase in the prices for food products, beverages and tobacco (7.8 percent), basic metals and fabricated metal products (4.9 percent) and for pulp, paper and paper products (16.6 percent); Products from mining and quarrying: the prices increased by 4.2 percent, contributing 0.28 percentage points to the overall annual index growth; Electrical energy, gas, steam and hot water: the prices increased by 0.9 percent and contributed 0.14 percentage points to the overall PPI change.