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Global Commodity Markets


December 1993 - April 2000


The World Bank monitors major commodity markets important to the developing countries. This series offers not just the facts, but also unbiased analyses on commodities. World Bank commodity experts examine production, consumption, and factors from climate to exchange rates to give you the intelligence you need to make better decisions. This series covers such a wide range of the world's commodities with substantive yet succinct reports on: foods (bananas, beef, citrus, shrimp, and sugar; cocoa, coffee, and tea; coconut oil, palm oil, and soybean oil; maize, rice, and wheat); agricultural raw materials (cotton, jute, rubber, and timber); metals and minerals (aluminum, copper, gold, iron ore, and steel); energy resources (coal and petroleum); and fertilizers (potassium chloride, TSP, and urea).

Otherwise known as:

Price Prospects for Major Primary Commodities (July 1974 - 1993)

Quarterly Review of Commodity Markets (1989 - 1993)

Commodity Markets and the Developing Countries (December 1993 - November 1998)

Global Commodity Markets (January 1999 - April 2000)

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Commodity market outlook, January 2013 (English)

Commodity prices ended 2012 close to where they began, but major global events created significant upward and downward price movements through the course of the year. ... See More +

Working Paper 75059 JAN 01, 2013

Baffes, John Disclosed

Global commodity markets : review and price forecast - a companion to global economic prospects 2010 (English)

This is a companion to the Global Economic Prospects 2010. Most commodity prices reached historical highs in mid-2008, giving rise to the longest and broadest commodity boom of the post-WWII period. ... See More +

Working Paper 77782 JAN 01, 2010


Global commodity markets : review and price forecast - a companion to global development finance 2009 (English)

The slowing of global growth, which preceded the financial crisis by several months, prompted commodity prices to start falling in mid-2008. The eruption of the full-blown crisis and the rapid drop-off in economic activity since September of that year accelerated this process markedly. ... See More +

Working Paper 93892 SEP 01, 2009

World Bank Disclosed

Global commodity markets 8(2) (English)

Crude oil prices surged higher during the first quarter due to falling inventories and supply restraint by oil producers. Prices are likely to rise again later in the year unless the Organization of Oil Producing Countries (OPEC) further increases production. ... See More +

Publication 20638 APR 30, 2000


Global commodity markets 8(1) (English)

Commodity prices in 2000 are expected to continue the recovery which began in 1999, due to higher economic growth and reduced surpluses in some markets. ... See More +

Publication 20306 JAN 31, 2000

Global commodity markets 7(4) (English)

Commodity prices were mixed in the third quarter, with energy and metals increasing because of production cuts, while agricultural and fertilizer prices continued to fall on abundant supplies. ... See More +

Publication 19880 OCT 31, 1999

Global commodity markets 7(3) (English)

Commodity prices showed strength in the second quarter as supply cutbacks began to take effect and hopes for the global economy improved. Energy prices continued to rise on OPEC production cuts while agriculture and metals prices were mixed. ... See More +

Publication 20305 JUL 31, 1999

Global commodity markets 7 (2) (English)

Commodity prices were generally lower during the first quarter, with non-energy prices down an additional five percent from the fourth quarter. ... See More +

Publication 20258 APR 30, 1999

Global commodity markets 7(1) (English)

Commodity prices continued to fall in the fourth quarter, with energy and non-energy price indices falling 8.9 percent and 0.7 percent respectively due to weakness in the global economies and large supplies of nearly all commodities. ... See More +

Publication 18910 JAN 31, 1999