Producer Prices for the Industrial Sector for March 2018
National Bureau of Statistics of China2018-04-12 16:53




In March 2018, Producer Price Index (PPI) for manufactured goods increased 3.1 percent year-on-year, and decreased 0.2 percent month-on-month. The purchasing price index for manufactured goods increased 3.7 percent year-on-year, and decreased 0.3 percent month-on-month. On average from January to March, the PPI increased 3.7 percent year-on-year, the purchasing price index for manufactured goods went up by 4.4 percent year-on-year.

 

 

 

1. Year-on-Year Changes of Prices of Different Categories

 

The year-on-year change of producer prices for means of production increased 4.1 percent, meaning 3.09 percentage points increase in the overall price level. Of which, producer prices for mining and quarrying industry increased 5.0 percent; that of raw materials industry increased 5.1 percent; that of manufacturing and processing industry increased 3.7 percent. Producer prices for consumer goods increased 0.2 percent year-on-year, meaning 0.04 percentage points increase in the overall price level. Of which, producer prices for foodstuff remained unchanged, that of clothing increased 0.3 percent, that of commodities went up by 0.9 percent, and that of durable consumer goods went down by 0.3 percent.

 

 

 

The year-on-year purchaser price indices for building materials and non-metallic went up by 11.4 percent, non-ferrous metal materials and wires went up by 6.8 percent, ferrous metal materials increased 5.3 percent, fuel and power increased 4.9 percent, agricultural and sideline products decreased 1.0 percent.

 

2. Month-on-Month Changes of Prices of Different Categories

 

The producer prices for means of production decreased 0.2 percent month-on-month, meaning 0.14 percentage points decrease in the overall price level. Of the total, producer prices for mining and quarrying industry decreased 0.8 percent, that of raw materials industry decreased 0.5 percent, that of manufacturing and processing industry remained unchanged. Producer prices for consumer goods decreased 0.2 percent month-on-month, meaning 0.04 percentage points decrease in the overall price level. Of which, producer prices for foodstuff and clothing decreased 0.2 percent, that of commodities and durable consumer goods decreased 0.1 percent.

 

The month-on-month purchaser price indices for wood and pulp increased 0.5 percent, ferrous metal materials went up by 0.2 percent, fuel and power, non-ferrous metal materials and wires decreased 0.8 percent. 

 

Price Indexes for the Industrial Sector in March

 

 

March

Average on Jan-Mar

M/M(%)

Y/Y(%)

Y/Y(%)

 

 

 

 

I. Producer Price Indices

-0.2

3.1

3.7

Means of production

-0.2

4.1

4.9

 Mining and quarrying

-0.8

5.0

6.1

 Raw materials

-0.5

5.1

6.1

 Processing

0.0

3.7

4.3

Means of subsistence

-0.2

0.2

0.3

 Food

-0.2

0.0

0.0

 Clothing

-0.2

0.3

0.5

 Articles for daily use

-0.1

0.9

1.1

 Durable consumer goods

-0.1

-0.3

-0.2

II. Purchaser Price Indices

-0.3

3.7

4.4

Fuel and Power

-0.8

4.9

5.7

Ferrous Metals

0.2

5.3

7.1

Non-ferrous Metal Materials and Wires

-0.8

6.8

8.5

Chemical Raw Materials

-0.3

3.4

4.5

Wood and Pulp

0.5

6.5

6.6

Building Materials and Non-metallic

-0.1

11.4

11.9

Other Industrial Raw Materials and Semi-products

0.0

1.3

1.5

Agricultural and Sideline Products

-0.9

-1.0

-0.4

Textile Raw Materials

0.2

1.7

1.9

III. Producer Price Indices of Major Industries

 

 

 

Mining and Washing of Coal

0.3

5.8

4.8

Extraction of Petroleum and Natural Gas

-4.4

6.9

10.3

Mining of Ferrous Metal Ores

0.6

-2.2

1.2

Mining of Non-Ferrous Metal Ores

0.6

9.5

10.4

Mining and Processing of Nonmetal Ores

0.2

7.8

8.0

Processing of Food from Agricultural Products

-0.2

-0.5

-0.8

Manufacture of Foods

0.0

1.2

1.2

Manufacture of Wines, Beverage and Refined Tea

0.2

1.7

1.6

Manufacture of Cigarettes and Tobacco

0.0

0.0

0.0

Manufacture of Textile

0.2

1.7

1.8

Manufacture of Textile Wearing Apparel and Ornament

-0.2

0.4

0.7

Processing of Timbers, Manufacture of Wood, Bamboo, Rattan, Palm, and Straw Products

0.2

1.2

1.3

Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products

1.3

9.2

8.5

Printing, Reproduction of Recording Media

0.1

1.7

1.7

Processing of Petroleum, Coking, Processing of Nucleus Fuel

-2.0

8.5

9.8

Manufacture of Chemical Raw Material and Chemical Products

-0.4

5.2

6.5

Manufacture of Medicines

0.2

2.6

2.6

Manufacture of Chemical Fibers

0.3

3.5

4.1

Manufacture of Rubber and Plastics Products

0.0

1.2

1.7

Manufacture of Non-metallic Mineral Products

-0.4

12.0

12.8

Manufacture and Processing of Ferrous Metals

0.6

9.4

12.0

Manufacture and Processing of Non-Ferrous Metals

-0.7

6.1

8.0

Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products

0.4

4.7

5.0

Manufacture of General- Purpose Machinery

0.1

1.5

1.5

Manufacture of Motor Vehicles

-0.2

0.3

0.2

Manufacture of Railway Locomotives, Building of Ships and Boats, Manufacture of Air and Spacecrafts and Other Transportation Equipments

0.1

1.1

1.2

Manufacture of Computer, Communication Equipment and Other Electronic Equipment

-0.4

-2.6

-2.3

Production and Supply of Electric Power and Heat Power

0.0

-0.4

-0.4

Production and Distribution of Gas

-1.7

2.2

3.3

Production and Distribution of Water

-0.1

1.7

1.9

 

 

 

 

 

Annotations:

 

1. Explanatory Notes

 

Producer Price Index for manufactured goods consists of producer price index and purchaser price index.

 

The industrial producer price index reflects the trend and level of prices change when the products are sold for the first time.

 

The industrial purchaser price index reflects the trend and level of prices change for the products purchased by the industrial enterprises as intermediate inputs.

 

2. Statistical Coverage

 

The statistical survey of industrial producer prices covers prices for over 20,000 products from 1638 subclasses; and the statistical surveys of industrial purchaser prices cover prices for over 10,000 industrial products from over 900 subclasses.

 

3. Survey Methods

 

Industrial producer prices are collected from combined surveys of key businesses and typical businesses. The key businesses are those with their annual revenue from principal activities over 20 million yuan, and the typical businesses are those with less than 20 million yuan. The surveys cover about 50,000 industrial enterprises in over 400 cities across the country.

 

4. Statistical Standard

 

Industrial Classification is based on the “Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities” (GB/T4754-2017).

 

 

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