Producer prices remain stable in EU27
Eurostat data | Monday 04 June 2012
In April 2012, compared with March 2012, the industrial producer price index remained stable in both the eurozone and the EU27. Intermediate goods rose by 0.3% in both zones. Both capital goods and non-durable consumer goods gained 0.1% in the eurozone and 0.2% in the EU27. Durable consumer goods remained stable in the eurozone and increased by 0.1% in the EU27. Prices in the energy sector fell by 0.1% in both zones.
The highest increases in the total index were recorded in Bulgaria, Denmark and Ireland (all +1.1%) and Portugal (+0.6%). Decreases were recorded in Spain (-0.8%), Sweden (-0.5%), the United Kingdom (-0.3%), Greece (-0.2%), France and Finland (both -0.1%).
In April 2012, compared with April 2011, industrial producer prices gained 2.6% in the eurozone and 2.8% in the EU27. Prices in the energy sector gained 6.8% and 6.6%, respectively. Non-durable consumer goods rose by 2.4% in the eurozone and by 2.8% in the EU27. In both zones, durable consumer goods increased by 2%. Capital goods gained 1.1% in the eurozone and 1.3% in the EU27. Intermediate goods rose by 0.6% and 0.8%, respectively.
Among the member states for which data are available, the largest increases in the total index were observed in Cyprus (+8.3%), Lithuania (+7.1%) and Hungary (+7%), and the smallest in Malta and Slovenia (both +0.7%) and Austria (+1%). The only decrease was recorded in Sweden (-0.5%).