Overall, construction materials prices fell 0.5 percent in November and are up only 1.1 percent year over year, according to the Department of Labor’s December 13 Producer Price Index. Nonresidential construction materials are down 0.6 percent for the month and are 0.7 percent lower than the same time last year.

“November represented another month of remarkable stability for construction input prices,” says Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chief economist Anirban Basu in an analysis of the federal data. “Although many investors predicted significant inflation this year due to expansionary monetary policies in much of the developed world, there continues to be a lack of significant inflationary pressures both globally and nationally.”

Overall, the nation’s wholesale goods prices expanded 0.2 percent in November, but are down 0.9 percent year over year.

“Next year is unlikely to offer as much stability as 2013,” Basu adds. “Global economic growth is set to accelerate and the apparent budget deal in Congress should produce greater certainty among businesses, helping improve an already benign national economic forecast. Tension in the Middle East also continues to be a consideration. Together, these factors suggest materials price increases may be at least slightly more rapid in 2014.”

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