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Commodity prices keep sliding

Commodity prices slid 1.8% in December. 

Tina Morrison
Tue, 12 Jan 2016

New Zealand commodity prices slid 1.8 % in December, taking the annual drop to 13%, amid weak demand in global markets.

The ANZ Commodity Price Index fell to 238.0 in December, from 242.3 in November and 273.4 in December 2014.

The New Zealand dollar index fell 3.9% in December, although a decline in the kiwi limited the annual drop to 1.1%.

In December, dairy, meat and horticulture prices all dropped. That was offset to some degree by higher forestry and aluminium prices, while seafood prices were unchanged. International dairy prices fell 3.5 % in December and in New Zealand dollar terms were back 5.6% for the month.

"Weakness centred on milk powder prices as general commodity sentiment, high European milk supply, weak Chinese import demand and other major importer/buyers generally being well stocked weighed on prices," ANZ rural economist Con Williams says in his report. "Milk-fat products performed slightly better, with butter prices up 5.2%" for the month.

Non-dairy prices fell for an eighth consecutive month in December, down 0.2%. Beef slipped 4.9%, while wool dropped 1.4%. That was partly offset by a 1.7% increase in lamb prices and a 2% rise in prices for skins and hides.

Horticulture prices dropped 3.6%, during the off-season for New Zealand's major crops, Mr Williams says.

A 4.6% gain in log prices lifted overall forestry prices, supported by lower Chinese inventory levels and strong domestic demand, he says.

(BusinessDesk)

 

Tina Morrison
Tue, 12 Jan 2016
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