Commodity prices are available from a range of sources - including international organisations, trade bodies, newspapers and commercial databases. On this page we highlight some of these sources to help you with your research.
The Financial Times publishes tables of commodity prices in the print edition of the newspaper from Monday to Friday each week. The ICAEW Library holds a run of the FT on microfilm back to 1975.
The tables are also available to download through the FT data archive (requires registration). To access the tables from the data archive select 'commodities' from the drop down menu and choose from the two options available:
The Economist Intelligence Unit offers a subscription service for monthly World Commodity Forecasts which 'provide comprehensive analysis of the fundamentals influencing commodity prices and detailed price forecasts up to two years ahead for 25 commodities.'
A separate EIU Commodities database is also available through the BVD suite of databases which includes historic data back to 1990 and price forecasts for 3-4 years into the future.
The World Bank website has a section dedicated to Commodity Price data which includes monthly updates on price movements and forecasts.
In addition to the monthly publications, the World Bank provides access to the GEM Commodities database, which contains information on monthly prices and indices from 1960 to the present.
The IMF publishes monthly reports on Primary Commodity Prices.
There are a wide range of trade bodies and publications which provide commodity prices in individual sectors. The list below highlights a small selection of these organisations.
International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO)
The International Cocoa Organisation publishes a range of statistics and reports, some of which require subscription. The price data available includes the ICCO Daily Prices of Cocoa Beans and ICCO Monthly Averages of Daily Prices, as well as a Monthly Review of the Market which reports on cocoa price movements on the international markets.
International Grains Council
The International Grains Council (IGC) provides some data free of charge, such as the IGC weekly Grains and Oilseeds Prices Index but other reports require a subscription.
International Tea Committee
The International Tea Committee compiles and publishes statistics for the tea trade. Statistical reports are available for a charge.
London Metal Exchange
The London Metal Exchange provides free access to prices for the current month (registration required) and historical price data by month for the current year. Price data for previous years is available from the LME for a charge.
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