The euro area (EA12) industrial producer price index remained unchanged in December 2006 compared to November 2006, while EU25 prices fell by 0.1%. In November3 prices remained unchanged in the euro area and gained 0.4% in the EU25.
In December 2006 compared to December 2005, industrial producer prices rose by 4.1% in the euro area and by 3.3% in the EU25.
These figures come from Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.
The average industrial producer price index for 2006, compared to 2005, increased by 5.1% for the euro area and by 5.8% for the EU25.
In December 2006, compared to the previous month, prices in total industry excluding the energy sector rose by 0.1% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU25. Prices in the energy sector fell by 0.2% and 0.4% respectively. In both zones capital goods, durable consumer goods and non-durable consumer goods increased by 0.1%, while intermediate goods remained stable.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases were registered in Slovenia (+0.5%), Ireland (+0.4%) and Italy (+0.2%). The largest decreases were recorded in Denmark (-1.3%), Slovakia (-0.8%) and Sweden (-0.7%). Prices in the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Lithuania and Portugal remained unchanged.
In December 2006, compared to December 2005, industrial prices excluding the energy sector increased by 3.4% in both the euro area and the EU25. Prices in the energy sector rose by 6.2% and 2.8% respectively. Intermediate goods gained 6.2% in the euro area and 6.1% in the EU25. Capital goods increased by 1.8% in both zones. Durable consumer goods rose by 1.7% in the euro area and by 1.6% in the EU25, and non-durable consumer goods gained 1.4% and 1.6% respectively.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases were observed in Luxembourg (+15.7%), Hungary (+9.2%), Finland (+5.9%) and Lithuania (+5.8%). The only decrease was registered in the United Kingdom (-0.3%).