Press Wholesale prices in February 2024: -3.0% on February 2023

Press release No. 099 of 13 March 2024

Wholesale selling prices, February 2024
-3.0% on the same month a year earlier
-0.1% on the previous month

WIESBADEN – In February 2024, the selling prices in wholesale trade were 3.0% lower than in February 2023. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the change on the previous year was -2.7% in January 2024 and -2.6% in December 2023. Compared with January 2024, wholesale prices decreased slightly by 0.1% in February 2024.


Decline in prices of mineral oil products

The drop in prices in the wholesale of mineral oil products compared with February 2023 (-3.5%) also had the biggest impact on the overall development of wholesale prices in February 2024. The prices of mineral oil products, however, rose by 0.3% compared with January 2024. Lower year-on-year wholesale prices were recorded in particular for grain, unmanufactured tobacco, seeds and animal feeds (-20.8%), chemical products (-15.0%), metals and metal ores (-14.4%), milk, milk products, eggs, edible fats and oils (-6.1%).

By contrast, the wholesale prices of fruit, vegetables and potatoes (+7.3%) were higher than in February 2023. The prices of beverages (+5.1%) and tobacco products (+5.0%) were also up at wholesale level in February 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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