Commodity prices

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The Economist’s commodity-price index has fallen by 7.6% in the past year and is now a third below its peak in 2011. The World Bank expects most commodity prices to continue falling into 2015 as increasing supplies coincide with weaker economic growth, especially in developing countries. America is enjoying record grain and soyabean harvests. Cotton production has exceeded demand for the fifth season; natural rubber prices have slumped thanks to weak demand from the car industry. However, not all commodity prices are falling. Cocoa prices have risen amidst fears that the Ebola epidemic could spread to Ivory Coast, the biggest producer.

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The Economist Newspaper

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Link to article: www.economist.com/news/economic-and-financial-indicators/21627617-commodity-prices?fsrc=rss

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