Press Wholesale prices in January 2024: -2.7% on January 2023

Press release No. 060 of 16 February 2024

Wholesale selling prices, January 2024
-2.7% on the same month a year earlier
+0.1% on the previous month

WIESBADEN – In January 2024, the selling prices in wholesale trade were 2.7% lower than in January 2023. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the change on the previous year was -2.6% in December 2023 and -3.6% in November 2023. Compared with the previous month, wholesale prices in January 2024 increased slightly for the first time since September 2023 (+0.1%).


Decline in prices of mineral oil products

As in the previous months, mineral oil products were primarily responsible for the year-on-year decline in wholesale prices. In January 2024, prices in the wholesale of mineral oil products were down 7.2% compared with January 2023, and had dropped 1.6% from December 2023. Lower year-on-year wholesale prices were also recorded for grain, unmanufactured tobacco, seeds and animal feeds (-20.3%), chemical products (-16.3%), metals and metal ores (-12.7%), and waste and scrap (-6.4%).

By contrast, the wholesale prices of fruit, vegetables and potatoes (+11.8%) and sugar, confectionery and bakery products (+7.0%) were higher than in January 2023. The prices of beverages (+6.5%) and tobacco products (+5.1%) were also up at wholesale level in January 2024 compared with a year earlier.

Methodological notes:

The indices of wholesale selling prices will be rebased to 2021 as of reference month April 2024. First results for the new base year will be released in May 2024.

More information:

The statistical report (only in German) on the index of wholesale selling prices also includes the latest results. This statistical report has replaced the previous “Fachserie 17 Reihe 6” publication. Long time series are available in the tables on the index of wholesale selling prices (61281-0002 and 61281-0004) in the GENESIS-Online database.

Wholesale selling prices are provided on Dashboard Germany ( (only in German). This data portal of the Federal Statistical Office combines up-to-date indicators from official statistics producers and other data providers on the topics of the economy, finance, health and mobility. The portal also contains the Economic Pulse Monitor (Pulsmesser für die Wirtschaft) (only in German) tool for real-time economic monitoring.

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