March 21, 2022
BERLIN (Reuters) – German producer prices maintained their record-breaking rise in February, increasing 25.9% year on year mainly because of energy prices, Federal Statistics Office data showed on Monday.
The jump in factory gate costs, considered a leading indicator for consumer prices, was the biggest since 1949, the statistics office said.
The February figures continued a stretch of record increases since the office began compiling numbers, topping December and January’s figures of 24.2% and 25% respectively.
The average expectation among analysts polled by Reuters was for an annual increase of 26.2%.
February’s producer prices did not take into account the effects of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Producer prices also registered a jump of 1.4% from the previous month.
Energy prices were up 68% from February 2021, the statistics office said. Stripping out energy prices, producer prices rose 12.4% year on year.
(Reporting by Miranda Murray; Editing by Zuzanna Szymanska and David Goodman)