October 15, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Producer prices increase 2.1 percent in 12 months

Percent change in Producer Price Index for finished goods, September 2011–September 2012, and relative importance of components, December 2011
Grouping Relative importance,
December 2011
Percent change,
September 2011–September 2012

Crude finished consumer foods

1.402 -0.6

Processed finished consumer foods

17.376 2.1

Nondurable goods less foods

40.917 2.7

Durable goods

13.635 2.1

Capital equipment, manufacturing industries

6.091 1.3

Capital equipment, nonmanufacturing industries

20.579 1.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Producer prices increase 2.1 percent in 12 months.



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