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Monday, January 23, 2012

RBS: Core producer price inflation was very strong +0.8% in Q4

Interesting from RBS today:

"The core PPI, measured by excluding food and energy, rose by 0.8% after a flat result for Q3. This was the largest rise in the core PPI since Q3 2010. Annual core inflation picked up from 0.6% to 1.6%. Food prices fell by 2.5%, which was the largest fall in the more than twenty years for which we have data (prices were up 4.7% over the preceding three flood-affected quarters). Energy prices rose by 0.8% after a 5.1% rise in Q3...

Measuring underlying inflation as the average of the weighted median CPI, the trimmed mean CPI and the CPI ex-volatile items, we still expect a 0.6% increase in Q4 (market and implied RBA forecast: +0.6%), with some chance of a revision to Q3's estimates of the weighted median and trimmed mean CPIs. If this forecast proves accurate, then the Reserve Bank is likely to keep rates steady in February, barring a significant worsening in the European crisis."