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Commodity prices continued their broad-based gains in August—Pink Sheet

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Energy prices rose 5.3% in August, led by a 59% increase in natural gas (Europe), the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported. Non-energy prices jumped 4%, with all sub-groups moving higher. 

Agricultural prices gained 3.1%, following a 9.2% surge in beverages. Food prices increased 1.8% in August, led by oils and meals (+5.4%); grains and other food items moved marginally lower. Fertilizer prices jumped 8.8%, led by a 16% jump in in Urea. 

Metals prices increased 5.6% in August, following rises in iron ore (11.6%), nickel (8.5%), lead (6.5%), and aluminum (5.7%). Precious metals surged 10%, with all three component moving higher. 


The Pink Sheet is a monthly report that monitors commodity price movements.


John Baffes

Senior Agriculture Economist, Development Economics Prospects Group

Maria Hazel Macadangdang

Research Analyst, Prospects Group, World Bank

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