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Commodity prices

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.

What's on this page?

  • Publications and databases
  • Original data sources

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Commodity price publications and databases

Financial Times

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. To access the tables from the data archive select 'commodities' from the drop down menu and choose from the two options available:

  • Summary Table (data back to 27 September 2007)
  • FT Commodities and Agriculture Full Table (data back to 28 July 2006)

EIU World Commodity Forecasts

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.

World Bank

The World Bank provides a dedicated section of their website focusing on Commodity Price data which includes the latest edition of their monthly updates on world commodity prices, commodity price movements and commodity price forecasts.

In addition to the monthly publications, the World Bank also provides access to the GEM Commodities database which contains data on monthly commodities prices and indices from 1960 to the present.

International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides monthly updated data on Primary Commodity Prices and a spreadsheet covering a wide range of price series from 1980 to date.

Original sources for commodity price data

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 Coffee Organisation (ICO)
The International Coffee Organisation publishes current and historical data on coffee prices.

International Energy Agency
The International Energy Agency provides free and subscription based price data through the IEA statistics section on their website.

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 Rubber Study Group
The International Rubber Study Group provides quarterly price statistics free of charge. In-depth price data and forecasts are available for a charge.

International Sugar Association
The International Sugar Association provides sugar prices for the current month. Other reports are available for a charge.

International Tea Committee
The International Tea Committee compiles and publishes statistics for the tea trade. Statistical reports are available for a charge.

London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
The LBMA website provides current and historic price data for gold and silver (daily, monthly and annual) through the statistics section of their website.

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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