Machinery and Equipment Price Index, fourth quarter 2018
The Machinery and Equipment Price Index (MEPI) increased 1.3% in the fourth quarter, following a 1.6% rise in the third quarter. The import component was up 1.7%, while the domestic component increased 0.3%.
The prices of imported machinery and equipment are reported in US dollars and converted to Canadian dollars. Consequently, any change in the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar will affect the level of the index. The Canadian dollar depreciated 1.1% relative to the US dollar in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter.
All industries increase
Finance, insurance and real estate (+1.7%) was the largest contributor to the quarterly increase in the MEPI. Other major contributors were mines, quarries and oil wells (+1.4%), all manufacturing (+1.2%), public administration (+1.3%) and other services excluding public administration (+1.2%).
Prices rise for most commodities
Light-duty trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles (+2.3%), logging, mining and construction machinery and equipment (+1.4%), commercial and service industry machinery (+1.8%) and medium and heavy-duty trucks and chassis (+1.3%), all contributed to the quarterly price increase.
The total MEPI rose 4.7% in the fourth quarter compared with the same quarter in 2017.
The import component was up 5.7% while the domestic component increased 1.6%. The movement in the import component was influenced by the year-over-year depreciation of the Canadian dollar (-3.8%) against the US dollar.
Note to readers
The Machinery and Equipment Price Index (MEPI) provides quarterly estimates of price changes for machinery and equipment purchased by industries in Canada.
Data are available at the Canada level only.
The conversion of prices received in US dollars is based on the average monthly exchange rate (end of day) established by the Bank of Canada, which is available in table 33-10-0163-01 (formerly CANSIM 176-0081). Quarterly and year-over-year variations in the exchange rate, as described in the release, are calculated according to the indirect quotation of the exchange rate (for example, CAN$1 = US$X).
The contribution of a given sub-aggregate to the composite price change depends on both the price change exhibited by the sub-aggregate and its importance in the basket, as measured by the weight.
With each release, data for the previous two quarters may have been revised. This index is not seasonally adjusted.
Additional series available
With the release of third quarter 2018 data, additional series for the MEPI are now available in tables 18-10-0057-01 and 18-10-0057-02 with a data quality indicator of "E." Users are currently advised to use these indexes with caution.
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