Producer prices continue to fall
Trends in the government's Producer Price Index (PPI) continue to make a mockery of concerns about inflation. The PPI for finished goods declined 0.3% in March, and was 1.8% lower during March 1998 than in March 1997.
Trends in the government's Producer Price Index (PPI) continue to make a mockery of concerns about inflation. The PPI for finished goods declined 0.3% in March, and was 1.8% lower during March 1998 than in March 1997. The PPI hasn't recorded an over-the-month gain since last September. Falling energy prices have played an important role in this period of overall producer price deflation. PRODUCER PRICE INDICES
Actual Annual change, %
Mar 98 1997 1998* 1999*
Intermediate goods 134 0.2 0.3 2.1
Finished goods 142.7 0.3 0.4 2
Mechanical power trans 156.9 2.2 1.2 --
Machinery and equipment 125.3 -0.5 0.4 0.7
Material handling equipment 130.7 1.8 1.7 --
* Forecasts by Cahners Economics; Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey