The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said Thursday the Producer Price Index (PPI) bounced back strongly in September, meeting the median forecast. The Labor Department said a strong increase in demand for services and hurricane-related increases in energy prices fueled the 0.4% gain in final demand.
Final demand prices moved up 0.2% in August and ticked down 0.1% in July. On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index gained 2.6% for the 12 months ended in September, the largest rise since an advance of 2.8% for the 12 months ended February 2012.
Prices for final demand services rose 0.4% and and the index for final demand goods gained 0.7%.
Prices for final demand excluding foods, energy, and trade services increased 0.2% in September, unchanged from August. For the 12 months ended in September, the index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services increased 2.1%.