US Wholesale Prices Take a Tumble

U.S. wholesale prices fell sharply in November as the cost of gasoline tumbled again, the government said Thursday.

The producer price index dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.8% last month, the biggest decline since May. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had predicted a 0.5% decrease.

Minus the volatile categories of food and energy, so-called core wholesale prices rose 0.1%. The MarketWatch forecast expected a 0.2% increase.

Lower energy prices — mainly gasoline — accounted for the large drop in wholesale prices last month. The energy index slid 4.6% to mark the biggest decrease since March 2009.

Gasoline prices have fallen two straight months, at both the wholesale and consumer levels, after a late-summer runup.

The cost of food, on the other hand, rose 1.3% last month. That’s the biggest increase in a year and a half.

The cost of vegetables jumped almost 12% and beef and veal climbed 8.2%. Chicken and milk prices also rose.

Food prices are up 2.6% over the past 12 months.


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Dean Popplewell

Dean Popplewell

Vice-President of Market Analysis at MarketPulse
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