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Even Higher Inflation? Hmm … Maybe Not

Here’s where wholesale prices are off 25% from their peak

by Bob Stokes
Updated: December 08, 2022

Inflation on steroids -- Goodness knows that nearly everyone has been painfully aware of the supercharged rise in prices for goods during the past couple of years or so.

Some observers expect high inflation to persist. For example, here's a Nov. 10 Time magazine headline:

Why Experts Say High Inflation Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon, Even if the Worst Is Behind Us

Those experts might turn out to be right, however, the evidence suggests that high inflation may tamper down considerably faster than some observers expect -- if Germany is a representative example.

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While consumer prices have indeed risen fast, cracks in the hyperinflation narrative have propagated even faster. In October, German business expectations were almost five standard deviations below normal and wholesale prices in Germany are off 25% from their peak, which occurred seven months ago. Producer prices dropped an astounding -4.2% in October, the sharpest monthly decline ever recorded.

By the way, retail prices tend to lag wholesale prices, so shoppers will likely see lower prices over the next few weeks.

Another sign that inflation has peaked is that freight rates, which had been rising, are now falling quite rapidly.

A Nov. 12 CNBC news item pinpointed a major reason:

The global shipping industry is facing a new problem--too many containers

On November 26, the cost to send a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles touched $2,069, its lowest level since the early days of the pandemic. Europe's shipping benchmark is the route from Shanghai to Rotterdam, which now costs the same as it did in January 2020.

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