Market Report: Spring 2016

Welcome to our collection of items of news and interest from the last quarter and review of the previous year.

RPI SUMMARY

During the last quarter, the annual RPI for all commodities fell but, bucking the trend, overall RPI increased slightly by 0.4% to 1.2%. The biggest fallers were pork and fish (down 5.1% and 3.6% respectively) with dairy down 1.5%, beef down 0.7% and cereals hardly moving at all, down 0.2%.

Looking at the year as a whole, the graph reflects the instability of all the commodity markets tracked versus the relative stability of overall RPI. Versus this time last year, whilst still volatile, the range of movement is less than that of 2014 and predominantly negative – that is to say, both peaks and troughs mainly falling below the zero mark. Beef is the only commodity to show an increase between December 2014 and December 2015 – only 0.2% – with all others falling between 2.3% (cereals) and 5.7% (dairy). Overall RPI fell by 0.4%.

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Market Report: Autumn 2015

Welcome to our collection of items of news and interest from the last quarter.

RPI Summary

Overall RPI has continued its very slow decline falling just 0.2% to 0.8% in the last quarter – this versus 2.3% this time last year. Apart from dairy, all the other commodities dipped in the last quarter with some recovering more than others: beef and cereals ending higher (0.9% and 0.6% respectively), pork falling 0.2% with fish returning to its June 2015 figure. Dairy reflected its turbulent sector conditions both rising and falling during the quarter but ending down almost 1%.

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Market Report: Summer 2015

Welcome to our collection of items of news and interest from the last quarter.

RPI Summary

Overall RPI has moved minimally during the last quarter – just 0.1% up to 1% since March.  Beef and cereals have also moved less than 1% (beef +0.4% and cereals -0.2%) for the same period.  The bigger movers were pork – down 2.8% – and fish, the only big increase with 4.2% uplift.  With the economy hovering around deflation, interest rate rises are forecast to be just around the corner but we’ll have to wait to see the impact of these increases as and when they happen.

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