Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable

September 17th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

Construction materials prices rose only 0.3 percent in August and are up 1.4 percent year over year, according to the September 13 Producer Price Index release by the Department of Labor. In addition, nonresidential construction materials increased 0.5 percent for the month and are 1.2 percent higher than one year ago.

“In a world characterized by additional looming warfare, fluctuating global currencies, rising U.S. interest rates and plunging gold prices, one would expect much more volatility in materials prices,” says Anirban Basu, the chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “Despite all those shifting factors, construction materials prices remain remarkably stable, which is noteworthy, given the price volatility experienced in 2004 and 2008.”

Overall, the nation’s wholesale goods prices rose 0.3 percent in August and are 1.4 percent higher year over year.

Prices for fabricated structural metal products, softwood lumber prices, nonferrous wire and cable prices, steel mill product prices and concrete products all increased in August, says Basu, while the costs of crude energy, petroleum, plumbing fixtures and fittings, prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding and iron and steel saw slight decreases over the same period.

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