According to the latest the Producer Price Index (PPI) report, with further analysis provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the price of building materials increased 0.4% (not seasonally adjusted) in July. According to the NAHB analysis, prices have surged 35.7% since January of 2020, with 80% of those increases occurring since January of 2021.
The PPI for goods inputs to residential construction, which include energy, declined 1.2% as both unleaded gasoline (down 16.7%) and No.2 diesel fuel (down 16.7%) contributed to the downside of the PPI.
The PPI for services inputs to residential construction was driven 1.4% lower in July—the third consecutive monthly decline—by a 3.8% decrease in the building materials retail index. The services PPI is 3.0% higher than it was 12 months prior and 34.9% higher than its pre-pandemic level.
Specific products have had significant impacts on the July PPI, including the following:
- Ready-mix concreted gained 2.5% in July and has increased in 17 of the last 18 months.
- Softwood lumber (seasonally adjusted) gained 2.3% in July but have fallen 28.2% year-to-date.
- Gypsum products were flat in July but have increased 22.6% year-over-year, and for the first six months of 2022 they are up 7.6%.
- Steel prices declined 3.7% in July but still remain twice the level they were at in January 2021.
- The price of interior and exterior paint increased 0.5% and 1.0% in July. Since January of 2021, the prices interior paint has increased 33.8% and exterior paint has risen 50.7%.
- The price of truck transportation of freight decreased 0.3% in July, the second consecutive decline after two years of monthly increases. Over the past year, the indices for local and long-distance motor carrying prices are up 18.9% and 22.6%, respectively.
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