The price of manufactured goods leaving the factory gates increased by 0.5 percent on a monthly basis, driven by the prices of food, beverages, tobacco products, and wood and paper.
Stats SA releases five industry-specific producer price indices. The final manufactured goods index represents the headline number.
It said the producer price index for mining fell by 0.2 percent year-on-year in October, after having risen by 4.1 percent in September. On a month-on-month basis, it dropped by 0.9 percent.
The annual percentage change in the PPI for electricity and water was 14.6 percent in October 2013, compared with 12.9 percent in September.