The World Bank monitors major commodity markets important to the developing countries. Monthly prices for over 70 series are published on the third U.S. business day of each month followed by a review of the main developments shortly thereafter. Price forecasts for the next 10 years are published on a quarterly basis. A comprehensive review of commodity markets is published twice a year in January and June, part of the World Bank's economic outlook--Global Economic Prospects.
In October 2012, energy and non-energy prices fell by 2.4% and 1.6%, respectively. Food prices dropped by 4.0%, beverages declined by 3.6%, raw materials edged up by 1.0%, metals increased by 1.4% and fertilizers eased by 0.8%.