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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 - July 2015 

The FAO Meat Price Index* averaged 174.1 points in July, nearly unchanged from June. International prices of bovine meat moved up, offsetting a decline for pigmeat and ovine meat, while poultry quotations remained stable. Prices of beef from Australia, in particular, rose, supported by stronger import demand from the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea, amongst others. Muted domestic demand for pigmeat in some EU member states caused quotations to fall, with export prices following suit.

* 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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