Change, % Current Month Year Facilits group index ago ago Clay construction products 145.6 -0.1 1.6 Electric devices 147.9 0.6 2 Foundry and forge products 135 0 0.6 Glass 107.3 -0.1 -0.9 Gypsum products 172.1 0 0.5 Heating equipment 153.


Change, %

Current Month Year

Facilits group index ago ago

Clay construction products 145.6 -0.1 1.6

Electric devices 147.9 0.6 2

Foundry and forge products 135 0 0.6

Glass 107.3 -0.1 -0.9

Gypsum products 172.1 0 0.5

Heating equipment 153.7 0.2 1

Lumber 187.2 -0.1 -6.4

Plywood 152.4 0.7 -4.2

Millwork 170.8 0.1 0

Paint 155 0.9 1.8

Copper-based alloy rod 178.7 -0.2 -11.4

Pipe, steel 92.7 0 2

Plumbing fixtures 175.8 0 0.6

Sash, metal frame trim 161.1 -0.4 0.1

Sheet metal products 141.1 -0.1 0.3

Structural metal products 137.9 0.4 2.8

Tanks, metal 123.3 -0.6 0.7

Wire, steel 108.3 -0.3 0.5

Wiring devices 154.5 0.2 0.3

Valves 157.9 0 1.5

Material component 150.8 0.2 -0.7

Labor component 137.1 0 2.9

Facilities index 142.7 0.1 1.4

Change, %

Current Month Year

Equipment group index ago ago

Abrasives 143.9 0.1 0.6

Bearings 161.1 -0.1 1.1

Belting 147.5 -0.1 1.9

Bolts, nuts, screws 127.3 -0.5 0.6

Hand tools, mechanical 165.2 0.2 1.2

Lubricants 123.5 1.7 0.9

Metals (steel products) 115.2 -0.6 -1

Metals (nonferrous) 127.2 0.1 -8

Metal products (miscellaneous) 126.5 0 0.3

Motors 145.6 0.5 0.6

Power transmission equipment 157.1 0.1 1.6

Precision tools 152.2 -0.1 1.4

Pumps 159.1 0.3 3.4

Tools, cutting 139.1 -0.1 1.8

Wire and cable (nonferrous) 142.7 0.2 -4.6

Wiring devices 154.5 0.2 0.3

Valves 157.9 0 1.5

Material component 142.2 0.1 0.3

Labor component 159.3 0.1 3.1

Equipment index 152.8 0.1 2.1

Plant Engineering Cost Index 149.6 0.1 1.9*

* Base year (1982) = 100

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