27 June 2018
China Sourcing Update: Price Index for US Imports from China (May 2018)
Price index for US imports from China
Price index for US imports from China rises slightly in May
Compiled by the US Department of Labor, the price index for US imports from China edged up from 100.3 in April to 100.4 in May.
In our view, the slight increase in the price index in May was mainly attributable to a rise in the ex-factory prices of Chinese products in Renminbi terms: China’s producer price index of industrial products (PPI), a major indicator of ex-factory prices of industrial products, rose by 0.4% mom in the month.
Looking ahead, we expect that the price index for US imports from China will stay relatively stable in the coming months, as the recent depreciation of the Chinese yuan against the US dollar is likely to offset the mild increase in the ex-factory prices of Chinese products in Renminbi terms.
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