Price/cost/demand roundup

Average Product Prices1 Direct Mfg. Costs2 Growth in U.S. End Markets 3 Change, %, During 12-Mo Ending... and Margins Grade Change, %, During 12-Mo Ending... Industry SIC May 99 Aug 99 Costs are...


Average Product Prices1 Direct Mfg. Costs2 Growth in U.S. End Markets 3

Change, %, During 12-Mo Ending... and Margins Grade Change, %, During 12-Mo Ending...

Industry SIC May 99 Aug 99 Costs are... Grade May 99 Aug 99

General sawmills and planing mills 2421 -6.36 -1.57 Rising C 4.04 3.95

Millwork 2431 0.39 1.21 Falling D 5.14 4.84

Hardwood veneer and plywood 2435 -0.87 -0.57 Stable D 4.24 4.01

Softwood veneer and plywood 2436 8.98 19.33 Rising A 4.24 4.01

Metal partitions and fixtures 2542 1.08 1.09 Rising A 3.76 3.72

Paints and allied products 2851 1.93 1.84 Rising A 4.82 6.12

Flat glass 3211 -5.35 -5.12 Stable F 10.64 12.40

Other structural clay products 3259 2.71 1.85 Rising F 5.09 4.78

Gypsum structural clay products 3275 9.05 12.15 Rising A+ 4.92 4.61

Mineral wool 3296 8.19 10.29 Stable A+ 4.98 4.79

Steel pipe and tubes 3317 -2.66 -4.01 Stable A 1.00 1.32

Plumbing fittings and brass goods 3432 0.20 0.34 Rising A 5.02 4.74

Metal doors, sash, and trim 3442 0.35 0.46 Rising A 5.07 4.77

Sheet metal work 3444 0.94 0.65 Rising B 11.14 12.24

Refrigeration and heating equipment 3585 1.71 1.51 Stable C 6.61 8.63

Current-carrying wiring devices 3643 -0.71 -0.44 Stable C 12.92 13.50

Noncurrent-carrying wiring devices 3644 -1.42 -2.67 Rising A 12.92 13.50

Commercial lighting fixtures 3646 0.01 0.08 Stable D 5.02 5.70

Environmental controls 3822 0.20 0.39 Stable A 6.11 5.76

1 Average product price changes are calculated from the producer price index for each 4-digit SIC (standard industrial classification) industry from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2 Analyses of each industry's direct manufacturing cost changes are from Thinking Cap Solutions, Inc.'s proprietary Industry Cost Escalation (ICE) model. The "grade" indicates that recent price/cost changes have produced record high (A+) margins to average margins (C) to record low (F-) margins for the average producer in an industry. Grades of A to A+ mean plant engineers may be able to strike a better bargain with suppliers and better control plant costs.

3 Growth in U.S. end markets data are from the ICE model and are estimates of output for the domestic end markets which purchase a given industry's products.

All data prepared and presented by Thinking Cap Solutions, Inc., Port Angeles, WA (telephone: 360-452-6159; e-mail:

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