–May producer output prices +0.3% m/m; +5.7% y/y
–May core producer output prices +0.1% m/m; +4.4% y/y
–May producer input prices -0.6% m/m; +11.2% y/y

LONDON (MNI) – Input prices posted their firstly monthly decline
since September last year as the price of crude oil fell sharply,
figures released by National Statistics revealed Friday.

With output price inflation also falling this month, this latest
data may help to ease fears over growing inflationary pressures in the

Input prices fell 0.6% on the month in May and were up 11.2% on
the year, down from 13.1% in April. The drop was broadly in line with
the median forecast for a fall of 0.7% on the month and an increase of
10.9% on the year.

Crude oil prices declined 6.7% on the month in May, the largest
monthly decreases since December 2008. Compared to a year earlier prices
were up 38.1% the lowest annual rise since November 2009.

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