Construction Materials Wholesale Price Index in the National Capital Region (2000=100) : August 2011

Reference Number: 2011-613
Release Date: 15 September 2011


August 2011


  • Month-on-Month

              The month-on-month growth rate of the Construction Materials Wholesale Price Index (CMWPI) in the National Capital Region dropped to -0.1 percent in August from 0.3 percent in July. It resulted from the decline observed in cement index at -1.1 percent in August from -0.7 percent in July; structural steel, -0.4 percent from 0.8 percent; and fuels and lubricants, -0.6 percent from 0.2 percent. From zero growth, negative rates were likewise posted in the indexes of lumber and reinforcing steel at -0.4 percent and G.I. sheet and doors, jambs and steel casement at -0.1 percent. Moreover, slower increments were correspondingly seen in the indexes of sand and gravel and electrical works at 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent from their respective last month's rates of 1.3 percent and 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, higher gains were noted in the indexes of painting works at 0.9 percent from 0.1 percent and PVC pipes, 0.4 percent from zero growth. The rest of the commodity groups either remained at their previous month's rates or had a zero growth.

  • Year-on-Year

              The annual growth rate of the CMWPI eased to 7.9 percent in August from 8.7 percent in July. This can be attributed to the negative rate still recorded in the cement index at -7.0 percent. In addition, slower annual rates were noticed  in the indexes of nine commodity groups with fuels and lubricants registering the biggest slowdown of 3.0 percentage points (16.8 percent from 19.8 percent). On the other hand, higher annual adjustments were posted in the indexes of painting works, tileworks, PVC pipes and electrical works. The annual changes in the indexes of sand and gravel, glass and glass products, plumbing fixtures and accessories/waterworks and asphalt remained at their last month's rates while that for machinery and equipment rental index was zero.


Source:    National Statistics Office
                  Manila, Philippines

Page last revised:  September 15, 2011



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