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New FAO Meat Price Index

The FAO Meat Price Index has been revised to better reflect the structure of world trade in meat products...

The FAO Meat Price Index - May 2016

The FAO Meat Price Index* averaged 151.8 points in May, some 3.0 points (2.0 percent) higher than in April. Prices of all categories of meat rose, particularly those of pigmeat and ovine meat, while smaller increases were registered for bovine and poultry meat. Pigmeat quotations from the EU moved up strongly, due to gains in internal prices and continued brisk import demand from Asia. In Oceania, limited supplies of bovine and ovine meat caused export quotations to rise. Meanwhile, poultry meat prices recorded a third month of moderate growth.

* Unlike for other commodity groups, most prices utilised in the calculation of the FAO Meat Price Index are not available when the FAO Food Price Index is computed and published; therefore, the value of the Meat Price Index for the most recent months is derived from a mixture of projected and observed prices. This can, at times, require significant revisions in the final value of the FAO Meat Price Index.

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