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Latest publication: Consumer price index 2019, August

Published: 13 September 2013

Inflation slowed down to 1.2 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in consumer prices, i.e. inflation, calculated by Statistics Finland slowed down to 1.2 per cent in August. In July it was 1.6 per cent. The inflation slowed down particularly because prices of vegetables went down from July.

Inflation indicators in Finland, August 2013

  Point figure      Change on one year Change on one month
Consumer Price Index 2010=100 107,8 1,2 % -0,2 %
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1 888    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100 120,2 2,1 % -0,1 %
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2005=100 117,7 1,3 % -0,1 %

Most of the inflation in August was caused by increases in food prices. Food prices went up in the year particularly due to higher prices of meat and dairy products. Increases in restaurant prices and prices of prescription medicines, as well as increases in rents also affected inflation. The rising of consumer prices was curbed most in August by fallen interest rates and prices of telecommunication services from the year before. From July to August, consumer prices went down by 0.2 per cent, primarily because prices of flights, boat trips and vegetables went down.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland's interviewers collect altogether around 50,000 prices on 486 commodities from approximately 2,700 outlets for the Consumer Price Index. In addition, some 1,000 items of price data are gathered by centralised collection. The Consumer Price Index 2010=100 Handbook for Users is available on the CPI-home page (www.stat.fi).

According to preliminary data, inflation in the euro area slowed down to 1.3 per cent in August

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the euro area slowed down to 1.3 per cent in August. In July it was 1.6 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland was 2.1 per cent in August.

The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices does not include owner-occupancy, games of chance, interests on consumption and other credits, fire insurance on owner-occupied dwellings or vehicle tax. The consumption items included in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, as well as the rules governing its compilation, have been defined in EU regulations.

Eurostat’s estimate of inflation in the euro area is based on preliminary data from the Member States and on the price development of energy. Eurostat will publish detailed data on Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices for August on 16 September. Information of inflation in EU countries is available on Eurostat homepage, eurostat (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat).

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was 1.3 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 2.1 per cent in August and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at 1.3 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.8 percentage points. The month-on-month change in both the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices and in the Index at Constant Taxes was -0.1 per cent in August. There were no changes in tax rates in August.

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes

The inflation measured by Consumer Price Index consists mainly of products and services priced by enterprises and the public sector, and value added and commodity taxes. Some 25 per cent of the private consumption described by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) consists of value added or other taxes. The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes (HICP-CT) is based on the HICP so the two indices have the same weight structure and price data. HICP-CT is calculated with a method which holds the tax rate constant relative to the reference period. When tax changes take place, the impact of the tax change on commodity prices is eliminated from HICP-CT. The price impact of the tax changes is obtained by comparing the development of the HICP and HICP-CT.


Source: Consumer Price Index, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Juhani Pekkarinen 09 1734 3476, Johanna Leivo 09 1734 3397, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Updated 13.9.2013

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. August 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.9.2019].
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