US Commodity Research Bureau Futures Price Index: 1980 to 2006

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US commodities categorized as soft, industrials, grains and oilseeds, energy, livestock, meats, and metals and their price index from 1980 to 2006. The data comes from the Commodity Research Bureau (CRB), CRB Commodity Index Report.

See the attached notes for the background and history on the CRB Futures Price Index, and methods of calculation.


The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 715):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 14 rows and 17 columns.

1967 = 100. Index computed daily. Represents unweighted geometric average of commodity futures prices (through 6 months forward) of 17 major commodity futures markets. Represents end of year index


  1. Prior to 1997, reported as imported. Softs include commodities that are grown and not mined such as
    coffee, cocoa, lumber, cotton, and sugar.
  2. Prior to 1997, reported as grains.
  3. Incorporated into grains and oilseeds beginning 1997.