|Year||Month||change (year-on-year % change)|
Price increase crude oil slightly lower
In August 2018, the price of a barrel of North Sea Brent oil was almost 64 euros, 45 percent higher than in August 2017. In July 2018, the crude oil barrel price stood at over 64 euros, more than 50 percent up on July 2017.
Output prices are strongly affected by crude oil price developments. In August, prices of petroleum derivatives increased by almost 35 percent year-on-year. The price increase in the preceding month was 40 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 nearly 10 percent higher in August than in the same month last year. The price increase is the same as in July.
Furthermore, prices in the automotive industry as well as prices of metal products, rubber and plastic products, machinery and of electrotechnical products were higher than twelve months previously. On the other hand, prices of food products were below the level of one year previously.
|% change (year-on-year % change)|
|Rubber and plastic||1.3|
|*Altogether, the eight industries referred to account for almost 80 percent of the total Dutch manufacturing industry|
Prices of manufactured products more or less equal to July
Prices of manufactured products in August were about the same as in July. Prices on the domestic and foreign markets also hardly changed.