U.S. PPI up

U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.5% in April 2024 – exceeding expectations

Wholesale prices surged unexpectedly in April, presenting another potential obstacle to any imminent cuts in interest rates.

The Producer Price Index (PPI), which tracks the average trajectory of selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, increased by 0.5% in April. It also showed a 2.2% rise on a year-over-year basis, representing the most significant annual gain.

The rise in services prices was a significant contributor to the overall increase in wholesale inflation, with a 0.6% uptick that represented approximately three-quarters of the total headline gain.

The core PPI, excluding volatile food and energy prices, also experienced a 0.5% increase, surpassing the estimate of 0.2%.

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