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Published: 15 September 2014

Inflation accelerated to 1.1 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland was 1.1 per cent in August. In July, it was 0.8 per cent. The slight acceleration in inflation was mainly caused by higher prices of cucumbers and tomatoes.

Inflation indicators in Finland, August 2014

  Point figure      Year-on-year change Change on one month
Consumer Price Index 2010=100 109,0 1,1 % 0,1 %
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1 909    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100 121,7 1,2 % 0,2 %
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2005=100 118,6 0,8 % 0,2 %

In August, consumer prices were pushed up most from the previous year by risen rents, increases in the retail prices of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, and higher prices of restaurant and café services. The rising of consumer prices was curbed most in August by fallen prices of clothing and entertainment electronics from the year before. From July to August, consumer prices rose by 0.1 per cent.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland's interviewers collect altogether around 50,000 prices on nearly 500 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 0.3 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 0.3 per cent in August from 0.4 per cent in July. The inflation for Finland calculated in the same manner was 1.2 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 the 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 17 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 0.8 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 1.2 per cent in August and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at 0.8 per cent. Over twelve months, the changes in commodity tax rates thus boosted consumer prices by 0.4 percentage points. The month-on-month change in both the Harmonised Index and the Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was 0.2 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 029 551 3476, Antti Halmetoja 029 551 3763, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Updated 15.9.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. August 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.7.2019].
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