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US factory gate prices for February come in slightly below forecasts

By Alexander Bueso

Date: Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

US factory gate prices for February come in slightly below forecasts

(Sharecast News) - Factory gate inflation continued to ease in February as price pressures in services eased.
So-called total final demand prices increased at a 0.1% month-on-month pace last month (consensus: 0.2%), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as goods prices bounced back by 0.4% versus January while those services were unchanged.

In January, goods prices had risen by 0.8% and those for services by 0.3%.

Versus a year ago, the rate of increase in total final demand prices was unchanged at 1.9%, as expected by economists.

At the core level meanwhile, which excludes food, energy and trade, price gains slipped from 2.5% in January to 2.3% for last month.

Withing services, trade services prices declined by 0.4% on the month while in transportation and warehousing they fell by 1.3%.

Commenting on the data, Ian Shephrdson at Pantheon Macroeconomics said: "Overall, these data are comforting to the Fed, but the PPI is not the target inflation variable and it's not always a reliable guide to inflation at the consumer level."

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