Falling Lumber and Wood Product Prices Cause Canadian Industrial Product Price Index to Decline in July

Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported today (8-27-21) the Canada’s Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) declined -0.4% in month-over-month in July but year-over-year was up 15.4%. The Raw Materials Price Index increased for the tenth consecutive month, up 2.2% on a monthly basis in July and was 37.7% higher year-over-year.

Among the 21 major commodity groups that make up the IPPI, in July 17 were up, 3 were down and 1 was unchanged. The biggest drag on the July IPPI was the decline in lumber and other wood products (-23.0%), primarily driven by a 37.7% drop in prices for softwood lumber, the biggest monthly decline on record for this product group. Despite uncertainty due to extreme heat and forest fires in timber-producing regions, prices fell for the second month in a row. This decrease was partially attributable to lower demand: housing starts in the US, the primary purchaser of Canadian softwood, were down -7.0% on a monthly basis in July.

Excluding lumber and other wood products from calculation, the IPPI would have risen 1.5% in July.

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Industrial product and raw materials price indexes, July 2021