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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in September 2019: -2.0 percent YoY, -0,3 percent MoM

The Producer Price Index (PPI) or officially named “Producer and Import Price Index” describes the changes in prices for producers and importers. For us it is interesting because it is used in the formula for the Real Effective Exchange Rate. When producers and importers profit on lower price changes when compared to other countries, then the Swiss Franc reduces its overvaluation. The Swiss PPI values of -6% in 2015 (see below), compared to -3% in Europe or -1% in the U.S., diminished the overvaluation. In 2017, however, producer prices are rising again – in both Europe and Switzerland. See more in Is the Swiss Franc overvalued?

15.10.2019 – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in September 2019 by 0.3% compared with the previous month, reaching 101.1 points (December 2015 = 100). This decline is due in particular to lower prices for petroleum products and scrap. Compared with September 2018, the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products fell by 2.0%. These are some of the findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Switzerland Producer Price Index (PPI) YoY, September 2019

Switzerland Producer Price Index (PPI) YoY, September 2019

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Download press release: Producer and Import Price Index fell by 0.3% in September 2019

German Text:

15.10.2019 – Der Gesamtindex der Produzenten- und Importpreise sank im September 2019 gegenüber dem Vormonat um 0,3% und erreichte den Stand von 101,1 Punkten (Dezember 2015 = 100). Der Rückgang ist vor allem auf tiefere Preise für Mineralölprodukte und Schrott zurückzuführen. Im Vergleich zum September 2018 ging das Preisniveau des Gesamtangebots von Inland- und Importprodukten um 2,0% zurück. Dies geht aus den Zahlen des Bundesamts für Statistik (BFS) hervor.

Für den Rückgang des Produzentenpreisindexes gegenüber dem Vormonat waren vor allem die tieferen Preise für Schrott verantwortlich. Billiger wurden auch Mineralölprodukte und Schweinefleisch. Steigende Preise beobachtete man dagegen für Rohmilch.

Tiefere Preise gegenüber dem August 2019 registrierte man im Importpreisindex insbesondere für Mineralölprodukte. Preisrückgänge zeigten auch Bekleidung, Erdöl und Erdgas sowie Automobile und Automobilteile. Teurer wurde hingegen Nickel.

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George Dorgan
George Dorgan (penname) predicted the end of the EUR/CHF peg at the CFA Society and at many occasions on SeekingAlpha.com and on this blog. Several Swiss and international financial advisors support the site. These firms aim to deliver independent advice from the often misleading mainstream of banks and asset managers. George is FinTech entrepreneur, financial author and alternative economist. He speak seven languages fluently.
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