MUSCAT: The producer price index for the third quarter of 2022, posted an increase of 36.6 per cent, compared to the corresponding period in 2021.
The quarterly survey, issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), shows that oil and gas prices took the lead by scoring a 44.1 per cent hike, while non-oil products increased by 2.9 per cent.
The rise in prices of oil and gas products was due to a 48 per cent growth in crude oil and natural gas, coupled with a 21.8 per cent surge in prices of refined oil products. The rise in the prices of non-oil products was due to a 3.1 per cent growth in prices of the converting industries’ group. Prices of mining, electricity and water increased by 2.3 per cent.
In the converting industries group, the prices of most of the sub-groups grew in different degrees: 11.7 per cent in prices of foodstuff, beverages, and textile products, 1 per cent in products of metal, machinery and equipment, and 0.8 per cent in prices of other transportable commodities products.
In the foodstuff and textile products’ group, the prices of fish products, fruits, vegetables and oils surged by 22.9 per cent, the prices of fabrics and textile products grew by 21.4 per cent, the prices of dairy products went up by 10.1 per cent, the prices of beverages by 7 per cent, the prices of bakery products and other foodstuff rose by 4.3 per cent and prices of shoes by 1.6 per cent.
In the group of metal products, machinery and equipment, the prices of products made of iron, steel or aluminium increased by 22.2 per cent, the prices of empty compressed cylinders rose by 6.3 per cent and the products of power transformers, electricity distribution devices and cables increased by 4 per cent.
In the meantime, the prices of water heaters went down by 3.8 per cent, while the prices of ore and iron, steel/ aluminium products dropped by 9 per cent.
In the group of other moveable goods, the prices of dyes and pharmaceutical products grew by 6.6 per cent, while rubber and plastic products increased by 3.8 per cent, re-melted iron waste products rose by 2.3 per cent and the prices of chemical products by 1.7 per cent, while the prices of glass, cement and marble products went down by 4.3 per cent.
Producer price data are collected on a quarterly basis for a selected sample from various governorates of Oman. These covered three production sectors - the converting industries sector, the mining and quarrying sector and the electricity and water sector. -- ONA