PPI: November 2020 Shows Steady Rise in Auto Glass Material Pricing

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed mostly increases in November 2020, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased by 1.4% on a year-over-year basis and remained the same from October 2020. According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

Prices for motor vehicle parts went up by 0.4% from November 2019, and in that index, in the commodity grouping, month-over-month prices declined by 0.4% from October.

The PPI for molded rubber mechanical goods (automotive) got a little boost, going up 0.2% when compared to its reading in October, but dropped 0.6% from this time last year.

Adhesives and sealants saw an increase of 0.1% from one month to the next, and a 1.4% increase from last year.

Motor vehicle repair and maintenance, in the services grouping, went up by 0.1%, as well as going up by 2.2% over November of last year.

The cost of private passenger auto insurance services dropped by 0.1% when compared to last month, and remained the same on a year-over-year basis. Commercial auto insurance saw a 2.1% increase in year over year and saw a decrease of 0.6% from October.

*This number is for the specialty glass category in November under the commodity category.

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