Manufacturing prices more than 9 percent higher

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that prices of products manufactured in the Netherlands were more than 9 percent up in April 2017 from the same month last year. The price increase is somewhat smaller than in March. Again, prices in the petroleum industry rose sharply. If price developments in the petroleum industry are not taken into account, the price increase in April was almost 7 percent.

Selling prices
 % change
2013 M-1.6
2013 J0
2013 J-0.4
2013 A-2.3
2013 S-2.8
2013 O-3.5
2013 N-2.7
2013 D-1.7
2014 J-2.2
2014 F-3
2014 M-2.8
2014 A-1
2014 M-0.5
2014 J0.3
2014 J-0.7
2014 A-1.4
2014 S-1.6
2014 O-2
2014 N-3.7
2014 D-8
2015 J-10.6
2015 F-8.9
2015 M-6.7
2015 A-5.5
2015 M-4.9
2015 J-5.3
2015 J-6
2015 A-8.1
2015 S-9.2
2015 O-8.9
2015 N-6.9
2015 D-5
2016 J-4.2
2016 F-7
2016 M-7.3
2016 A-8.2
2016 M-7.5
2016 J-6.1
2016 J-5.4
2016 A-3.4
2016 S-1.2
2016 O1.5
2016 N0.8
2016 D5.5
17 J9.5
17 F11.5
17 M9.9
17 A9.1

Higher crude oil and output prices

In April this year, the price of a barrel of North Sea Brent oil was approximately 50 euros, i.e. 31 percent up from the price level recorded in April 2016. In March, the price increase was 38 percent on a year-on-year basis.

Manufacturing prices are strongly affected by crude oil price developments. In April prices of petroleum derivatives increased by 32 percent compared to April 2016. In March the year-on-year price increase was 39.5 percent.

Year-on-year, prices of chemical products were almost 16 percent higher. In the chemical industry, too, prices are affected by crude oil price developments. Prices in the basic metal industry were nearly 15 percent up on an annual basis, partly due to the growing demand for basic metals and relatively low stock levels.

Prices of food, metal, rubber and plastic products and prices in the automotive industry were also higher than one year ago. This is partly due to higher prices for agricultural raw materials and metals. Prices of machinery, on the other hand, were below the level of twelve months previously.

Selling prices manufacturing by sector
 % change
Petroleum products32
Chemical products15.9
Basic metal products14.9
Food products7.8
Metal products4.3
Cars1.9
Rubber and plastic1.5
Machine-3.6

Altogether, the eight industries referred to in the above text and the corresponding graph account for 80 percent of total Dutch manufacturing industry.

Prices manufactured products the same in April as in March

Prices of manufactured products were about the same in April as in March. Prices on the domestic market fell by almost 0.5 percent, prices on the foreign market rose by almost 0.5 percent. The crude oil price also rose in April.

Index selling prices
 index
2013 M112.8
2013 J112.3
2013 J113.2
2013 A113.4
2013 S113.4
2013 O112.2
2013 N112.1
2013 D112.5
2014 J112.4
2014 F112.5
2014 M111.6
2014 A112.1
2014 M112.2
2014 J112.6
2014 J112.4
2014 A111.9
2014 S111.5
2014 O109.9
2014 N108
2014 D103.5
2015 J100.4
2015 F102.5
2015 M104.1
2015 A105.9
2015 M106.8
2015 J106.6
2015 J105.7
2015 A102.8
2015 S101.3
2015 O100.2
2015 N100.5
2015 D98.3
2016 J96.2
2016 F95.3
2016 M96.5
2016 A97.3
2016 M98.8
2016 J100.1
2016 J99.9
2016 A99.4
2016 S100.1
2016 O101.6
2016 N101.3
2016 D103.7
17 J105.3
17 F106.3
17 M106
17 A106.1

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