Prices are updated monthly by ENR's price reporters who call a single source for each product in 20 U.S. cities. The price represents that paid by a contractor for a specified large order. Monthly prices appear on the weekly rotating cycle.
Portland cement prices drop
Portland cement prices dropped 0.1% this month, per ENR's 20-city average, after seeing a 0.3% increase in June. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' producer price index, the price for cement did not change from April to May after increasing 2.8% the previous month but saw a boost of 8.4% since the same time last year. Ready-mix concrete prices are up 3.3% over July 2014, declining slightly from an annual escalation rate of 3.5% in June. The price of concrete block held steady since last month but is up 2.2% annually, dropping from June's 3.7% yearly increase rate.
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The Materials Cost Index is the materials component of ENR’s building and construction cost indexes. It tracks the weighted price movement of structural steel, portland cement and 2 X 4 lumber.