A measurement of wholesale inflation rose more than expected in August, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What’s going on: The Producer Price Index for final demand goods and services rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% last month, and 1.6% on a year-over-year basis.
- The increase was the strongest monthly gain since June 2022.
- Core producer prices rose 3.0% year-over-year, an increase from July’s 2.9%.
Final demand goods: Producer prices for final demand goods jumped 2.0% in August, buoyed largely by a 10.5% rise in energy costs.
- Excluding food and energy, producer prices for final demand goods inched up 0.1% last month.
Final demand services: Producer prices for final demand services, meanwhile, increased 0.2%, with transportation and warehousing prices rising 1.4%.
Our take: “Despite the uptick in wholesale inflation in August, the overall trend remained encouraging,” said NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray. “The data continue to reflect moderation in pricing pressures year to date, particularly as core producer prices continued to moderate. The deceleration in producer prices will likely take some pressure off the Federal Reserve, even as it remains concerned about lingering inflationary pressures overall.”