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Timber Price Indices: Data to September 2013

The latest National Statistics on Timber Price Indices produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 7 November 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Timber Price Indices are based on Forestry Commission sales and consist of the Coniferous Standing Sales Price Index and the Softwood Sawlog Price Index. They present data to September 2013 for Great Britain. 

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The average price for coniferous standing sales was £13.93 per cubic metre overbark standing in nominal terms in the year to September 2013.
  • The Coniferous Standing Sales Price Index for Great Britain was 4.5% lower in real terms in the year to September 2013, compared with the previous year.
  • The average price for softwood sawlog sales was £40.71 per cubic metre overbark in nominal terms in the 6 month period to September 2013.
  • The Softwood Sawlog Price Index was 7.9% higher in real terms in the 6 months to September 2013, compared with the corresponding period of the previous year.

Both indices have been relatively stable over the past three years, following larger fluctuations over the previous three years.

Coverage:  Great Britain

Geographical breakdown:  None

First Release: 
Timber Price Indices: Data to September 2013

Data: 
Tables in Excel format
Longer time series (including underlying data used in constructing the timber price indices)

Quality:
Quality Report:  Timber Price Indices

Methodology Paper (August 2008):
Methodology for the Coniferous Standing Sales Price Index

Statistician:  Sheila Ward

Contact:
Jackie Watson
Tel:  0131 314 6171
E-mail:  statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Next update:
15 May 2014 (data to March 2014)
6 November 2014 (data to September 2014)

Pre-release access:
There is no pre-release access to this publication in its final form. Further information can be found in the pre-release access pages.National Statistics logo