* Industrial product price index unchanged from Nov
* Excluding stronger C$, prices would have risen 0.2 pct
* Raw material prices fall 2.0 percent, mostly crude oil
* Excluding mineral fuels, raw materials rose 0.9 pct
OTTAWA, Jan 31 Canadian industrial product
prices were unchanged in December from November, partly because
of a stronger Canadian dollar, while cheaper crude oil helped
push raw materials prices down by 2.0 percent, Statistics Canada
said on Thursday.
The industrial prices matched analysts' predictions in a
Reuters survey, though the median forecast for raw materials was
for a 0.2 percent rise from November.
Excluding an appreciation of 0.7 percent in the Canadian
dollar in December, industrial prices would have risen 0.2
percent. Some exporters price their products in U.S. dollars, so
when the U.S. dollar falls, the corresponding prices in Canadian
dollars drop, too.
Primary metal and lumber products rose while motor vehicles
prices fell, largely because of the stronger currency.
On the raw materials side, Statscan said the decrease was
almost entirely attributable to lower mineral fuel prices,
specifically crude oil, which fell 5.9 percent. Excluding
mineral fuels, the index rose by 0.9 percent.