Manufacturing output prices almost 4 percent down in March

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that prices of Dutch-manufactured products were on average 3.8 percent down in March 2020 year-on-year. In the previous month, prices were 0.9 percent up.

Producer prices
YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
2016April-5.9
2016May-5.3
2016June-4.5
2016July-4.2
2016August-2.2
2016September-0.7
2016October1.5
2016November1
2016December4.4
2017January7
2017February8.6
2017March7.7
2017April7.5
2017May4.9
2017June3
2017July3.1
2017August3.6
2017September4.1
2017October2.8
2017November3.8
2017December2.1
2018January1.5
2018February0.3
2018March0.6
2018April1
2018May3.7
2018June5
2018July5.4
2018August5.2
2018September4.8
2018October5.3
2018November2.7
2018December0.6
2019January1
2019February2.1
2019March2.6
2019April3.3
2019May2
2019June0.4
2019July0.1
2019August-0.8
2019September-0.7
2019October-1.5
2019November0.2
2019December2.9
2020January2.2
2020February0.9
2020March-3.8

Larger decrease in crude oil price

In March 2020, the crude oil barrel price stood at 31 euros, nearly 48 percent down on March 2019. In February 2020, the price of a barrel of crude North Sea Brent oil was 51 euros, 10.5 percent lower than in February 2019.

Output prices are strongly affected by crude oil price developments. In March, prices of petroleum derivatives decreased by 41.5 percent year-on-year. Prices were down by 6.6 percent in February.

In the chemical industry as well, output prices are generally linked to crude oil price developments. Output prices of chemical products were 6.7 percent lower in March than in the same month last year. In February, prices decreased by 2.0 percent year-on-year.

Prices in most other sectors of manufacturing were higher in March 2020 than in the same month last year.

Producer prices manufacturing by sector*, March 2020
Categoriy% change (year-on-year % change)
Food products4.4
Machinery2.5
Metal products2.4
Cars1.7
Electronic products1.4
Rubber and plastic0
Chemical products-6.7
Petroleum products-41.5
*Altogether, the eight industries referred to account for almost 80 percent of the total Dutch manufacturing industry

Prices of manufactured products decreased in March

Manufacturing output prices fell by 3.9 percent in March relative to February. They decreased by 2.3 percent on the domestic market and by 5.2 percent on the export market.

Index producer prices
YearMonth(2015=100) (2015=100)
2016April96
2016May97.2
2016June98.1
2016July97.7
2016August97.6
2016September98.1
2016October99.5
2016November99.3
2016December101
2017January102.2
2017February102.9
2017March102.8
2017April103.2
2017May102
2017June101.1
2017July100.7
2017August101.1
2017September102.1
2017October102.3
2017November103.1
2017December103.1
2018January103.7
2018February103.2
2018March103.5
2018April104.2
2018May105.7
2018June106.1
2018July106.2
2018August106.4
2018September107.1
2018October107.7
2018November105.9
2018December103.7
2019January104.7
2019February105.3
2019March106.2
2019April107.7
2019May107.9
2019June106.5
2019July106.3
2019August105.5
2019September106.1
2019October106
2019November106.1
2019December106.7
2020January107
2020February106.3
2020March102.2

The figures in this publication are provisional and may be revised upwards or downwards.

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