Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1 Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2 Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9 Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3 Gypsum products 172 -0.


Change, %

Current Month Year

Facilities group index ago ago

Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1

Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2

Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9

Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3

Gypsum products 172 -0.5 7

Heating equipment 153.9 0.4 1.3

Lumber 189.1 0.1 -0.1

Plywood 153.9 -2.5 -0.9

Millwork 170.8 0.1 0.9

Paint 152.4 0 1.5

Copper-based alloy rod 201.9 0 4.3

Pipe, steel 92.7 0 3

Plumbing fixtures 174.7 -0.2 1.9

Sash, metal frame trim 161.7 0 1.1

Sheet metal products 141 -0.1 0.9

Structural metal products 136.7 0 3

Tanks, metal 122.9 -0.8 1

Wire, steel 108.6 0.5 1.3

Wiring devices 154.7 0.1 1.8

Valves 156.8 -0.2 3

Material component 151.4 -0.1 1.3

Labor component 137.7 0 3.9

Facilities index 143.3 -0.1 2.8

Change, %

Current Month Year

Equipment group index ago ago

Abrasives 143.3 -0.1 0.7

Bearings 160.1 0 2.3

Belting 146.6 -0.1 2.1

Bolts, nuts, screws 128.2 0.4 1.7

Hand tools, mechanical 163.6 0.1 1.2

Lubricants 121 -2.7 -2.4

Metals (steel products) 116.2 -0.6 0.5

Metals (nonferrous) 130.4 -1.7 -2.2

Metal products (miscellaneous) 126.3 0 0.2

Motors 144.2 -0.3 0

Power transmission equipment 156 0.5 2.3

Precision tools 150.2 -0.4 1.4

Pumps 156.7 0.1 3.6

Tools, cutting 137.7 0.1 1.8

Wire and cable (nonferrous) 144.2 -1.2 -2.2

Wiring devices 154.7 0.1 1.8

Valves 156.8 -0.2 3

Material component 141.8 -0.4 1.1

Labor component 158 0.4 2.4

Equipment index 151.8 0.1 1.9

Plant Engineering Cost Index 149.1 0.1 2.2

* Base year (1982) = 100

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