Producer Price Indexes

Program Overview



The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a family of indexes that measures the average change over time in selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. PPIs measure price change from the perspective of the seller. This contrasts with other measures, such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), that measure price change from the purchaser's perspective. Sellers' and purchasers' prices may differ due to government subsidies, sales and excise taxes, and distribution costs.

There are three main PPI classification structures which draw from the same pool of price information provided to the BLS by cooperating company reporters:

Other publication structures include:


Data source

Reference date


Producer Price Indexes are usually made available during the second full week of the month following the reference date. Data is posted shortly after 8:30am on dates as announced in the online release calendar.


Research in progress

Additional information

For additional information on PPI methodology, see the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 14, Producer Price Indexes (HTML) (PDF). Further assistance is available by contacting the PPI Section of Index Analysis and Public Information at or (202) 691-7705.

Last Modified Date: February 18, 2015

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