PRODUCER PRICES OF RAILROAD EQUIPMENT

PRODUCER PRICES OF RAILROAD EQUIPMENT

Producer Price Index: Railroad Equipment (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Producer Price Index: Railroad Equipment (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Rail equipment represents a major cost to rail service providers.

Price Index (Jun-1984=100)    Sep-00       Sep-01   
Public transit cars, all rebuilt cars, and all car parts 132.6 133.4
Public transit cars, all rebuilt cars, and all car parts percent change from same month previous year  0.53  0.60
Passenger and freight cars, new (excluding parts) 131.0 130.4
Passenger and freight cars, new (excluding parts) percent change from same month previous year -0.15 -0.46
Locomotives and parts 128.5 128.2
Locomotives and parts percent change from same month previous year -0.16 -0.23
All railroad equipment 128.8 128.7
All railroad equipment percent change from same month previous year  0.08 -0.08

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Data from June 2001 to September 2001 are preliminary. The series presented on this page use an industry-based PPI, rather than the commodity-based PPI used on page 36, because the industry-based PPI was less affected by these events.

Data for July, 1996 to April, 1997 for locomotives were affected by a strike at GM, and a revision of the BLS weighting scheme. Data for this period are anomalous, and are not depicted in the graph.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, available at: http://www.bls.gov/datahome.htm.