In April, the price of oil in dollars has declined (-3.1% after +5.3% in March). It stood at $120.7 per barrel Brent. Similarly, the prices in foreign currency of non-energy commodities imported into France were down (-1.3% after +0.5% in March).
In April, the dollar price of oil from the North Sea (Brent) fell (-3.1% after +5.3% in March). In euros, the decline in oil prices has been slightly less marked (-2.7 % after +5.5 %), due to the depreciation of the euro against the dollar (-0.4%). This decline comes after a sustained and continuing rise in oil prices since January.
In April, the prices of industrial raw materials in foreign currencies continued to fall (-2.0% after 0.7% in March). On the one hand, the decline in the prices of mineral raw materials has increased (-2.6% after 1.6%). The prices of nonferrous metals declined sharply (-4.0% after 1.8%), including those of aluminium (-6.3%), nickel (-4.3%) and copper (-2.3%). Meanwhile, the prices of precious metals fell again (-2.9% after 3.2%), mainly those of gold (-1.4%) and silver (-4.3%).
On the other hand, the prices of agro-industrial raw materials fell slightly (-0.2% after +2.1%), due to the lower prices of nature rubber (-1.8%), and the prices of natural textile fibers (-0.3%), includind wool (-5.7%). The prices of sawn wood of conifers have them stabilized (+0.0% after +6.3%), while those of wood pulp have appreciated slightly (+0.3% after +0.0%).
In April, the prices of raw food materials in foreign currencies stagnated (+0.0% after +2.8% in March). Indeed, the cereals prices have stabilized (+0.1% after +4.1%), due to the slowdown in rice prices (+1.5% after +5.4%) and lower corn prices (-2.6%). Meanwhile, the tropical foodstuffs prices continued to fall (-3.5% after -2.1%), including cocoa (-4.6%) and arabica (-4.%)
The prices of sugar (-7.1%) and beef meat (-4.2%) also fell. In contrast, the prices of oilseeds continuied to grow, albeit at a lower pace than in March (+5.8% after +7.4%). This is particularly the case of soybean meal (+7.7% after +10.8%) and palm oil (+4.9% after +5.3%).
Industrial raw materials
|Prices are in dollars per tonne unless otherwise specified|
|of last month||over the last month||over the last 3 months||over the last 12 months|
|Brent in $ per barrel||120.7||3.1||8.2||2.4|
|Brent in per barrel||91.7||2.7||6.0||7.2|
|base 100 in 2000|
|over the last month||over the last 3 months||over the last 12 months|
|Oil seeds, vegetable oils||234.8||5.8||18.1||7.7|
|Industrial raw materials||231.4||2.0||0.2||17.7|
|Agricultural raw materials||148,0||0.2||4.2||13.2|
n° - December 30, 1899
Prices of oil and raw material imports - April 2012
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