Input prices for residential construction goods rose 0.2% in September, following declines in each of the two previous months, according to the latest Producer Price Index by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for residential construction inputs has risen 5.8% in 2018, and is 10.2% higher than in January 2017.

Gypsum prices fell by 0.1% on a seasonally-adjusted basis in September, following a combined 6.1% increase in July and August. The price index for gypsum has risen by 1.0% per month this year on average.

Softwood lumber prices continue to decline, but the average price paid for softwood lumber in 2018 remains the highest on record, 18.7% above the previous record set in 1997.

OSB and waferboard price indices fell for the second consecutive month. Prices are down 16.4% since July, and have fallen in five of the past twelve months.

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