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U.S Producer Price Index up 0.2% in February
The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.2 percent in February, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices rose 0.4 percent in January and were unchanged in December. On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index increased 2.8 percent for the 12 months ended in February.
In February, the rise in final demand prices is attributable to a 0.3-percent advance in the index for final demand services. In contrast, prices for final demand goods edged down 0.1 percent.
The index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services climbed 0.4 percent in February, the same as in January. For the 12 months ended in February, prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services increased 2.7 percent, the largest rise since 12-month percent change data were available in August 2014.
- U.S building permits and housing starts rose more than expected in January
- Chicago Business Barometer rose to 67.6 in December, up from 63.9
- U.S import and export prices rose more than expected in January
- Canadian manufacturing sales declined 0.3% to $55.5 billion in December