Commodity prices post fourth month of gains, rising 1%

New Zealand commodity prices rose for a fourth straight month in November, led by pelts, beef and wood pulp. Lamb prices fell to a 31-month low.

The ANZ Commodity Price Index rose 1% last month, with 10 commodity prices gaining, four declining and three unchanged.

A firmer New Zealand dollar meant the gain in the ANZ NZD Commodity Price Index was a slightly lower 0.9%.

"The increase in NZD commodity prices is an encouraging development, and if sustained looks set to contribute to a lift in the goods terms of trade over 2013," ANZ economist Steve Edwards says.

Pelts jumped 6% in November, reversing the previous month's decline. Beef rose 4% to its highest level since March and wood pulp was up 3%. Wool and whole milk powder rose 2%.

Timber, cheese, logs, casein and seafood all rose less than 1%, though cheese reached an eight-month high. Lamb fell to a 31-month low and venison declined to a 22-month low.

Prices for butter, apples and kiwifruit were unchanged.

(BusinessDesk)

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Who thinks having to pay $50 for a lamb forequarter is good value?
Good to see the lamb prices dropping back to sensible levels.

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You don't have to pay $50, of course. Much cheaper alternatives are available. It's how the consumer speaks in an open economy.

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