Also higher crude oil prices in September
In September 2017, the price of a barrel of North Sea Brent oil was 46.5 euros, 10.5 percent higher than in September 2016. In August, the crude oil barrel price stood at just 44 euros, 4.5 percent up on August 2016.
Output prices are strongly affected by crude oil price developments. In September, prices of petroleum derivatives increased by 18.5 percent year-on-year. The average year-on-year price increase in August was almost 14 percent.
In the chemical industry as well, output prices are affected by changes in the price of crude oil. Output prices of chemical products were over 9 percent up in September year-on-year. In August, the average year-on-year price increase was almost 7 percent.
The price increase in the basic metal industry was also above average. This is partly due to a higher demand. Prices of metal products, food products, rubber and plastic products as well as prices in the automotive industry were also higher than one year previously. On the other hand, prices of machinery and equipment were again below the level of twelve months previously.
Altogether, the eight industries referred to in the above text and the corresponding graph account for 80 percent of the total Dutch manufacturing industry.
Prices of manufactured products rose in September
Prices of manufactured products rose by nearly 2 percent in September relative to August. The price increase on the domestic market was almost 2 percent and on the foreign market 1.5 percent.