Index of wholesale prices

The wholesale price index is a decisive economic indicator for the domestic economy and is part of a cover system of indices that along with the producer price index, the import price index and the consumer price index, reflects current price trends at the various stages of the economic process. The task of the wholesale price index (WPI) is to present the price trends of goods sold by wholesalers. The 2020 wholesale price index covers the economic goods of the OECPA 2015, in Section G "45 Trade services of motor vehicles (excluding maintenance and repair of motor vehicles)" and "46 Wholesale trade services (excluding trade services of motor vehicles).

The price survey represented out on 395 goods included in the basket by using the wholesale selling price (excluding VAT) as the price basis. The monthly calculation of the wholesale price index is based on about 3 100 primary price information collected from about 550 wholesale companies. The price surveys are governed by the Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Justice on the compilation of indices of price developments in the economy BGBl. II No. 147/2007, as amended by BGBl. II No. 222/2015 of August 13, 2015, for which information is required according to § 10 of the Ordinance on the compilation of indices of price developments in the economy (BGBl. II 147/2007).

The wholesale price index is used by both public authorities and domestic and foreign companies for a large number of commercial contracts and valorisations. The wholesale price index also serves as a deflator for the monthly wholesale turnover indices, for value-related production data and in the context of National Accounts. Parts of the wholesale price index are used to compile the construction cost index.

The index of wholesale prices is currently calculated and published on the base year 2020=100. Chain factors (PDF, in German only) can be used to continue index series for the overall index, the group indices and special breakdowns of the wholesale price index 2020=100, taking 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1986 and 1976 as the base years.

Detailed descriptions of the current wholesale price index can be found in the standard documentation (PDF, only German).

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