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Published: 14 April 2016

Inflation -0,0 per cent in March

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland was -0.0 per cent in March. In February, inflation stood at -0.1 per cent. The slight rise in inflation was influenced, for example, by increases in the consumer prices of the vehicle tax, maintenance charges, and hospital and dentist fees from one year ago. Starting from January, the changes in consumer prices are calculated based on the new base year of the Consumer Price Index 2015=100.

Inflation indicators in Finland, March 2016

  Point figure Annual change (%) Monthly change (%)
Consumer Price Index 2015=100 100,1 -0,0 0,4
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1907    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2015=100 100,2 -0,0 0,5
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2015=100 100,1 -0,1 0,5

Consumer prices were raised in March by increases in the vehicle tax, maintenance charges, and hospital and dentist fees from one year ago. The rising of consumer prices was curbed most by reductions in the prices of liquid fuels and average housing loan interest rates from one year ago. From February to March, consumer prices changed by 0.4 per cent.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland's interviewers collect altogether around 48,000 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.

According to preliminary data, inflation in the euro area was -0.1 per cent in March

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the euro area was -0.1 per cent in March. In February it was -0.2 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland was -0.0 per cent in March.

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 March on 14 April. Information of inflation in EU countries is available on Eurostat homepage, eurostat (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/main).

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was -0.1 per cent in March

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at -0.0 per cent in March and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at -0.1 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.1 percentage points. The month-on-month change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices was 0.5 per cent and that in the Index at Constant Taxes 0.5 per cent in March.

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: Kristiina Nieminen 029 551 2957, Satu Ruotsalainen 029 551 3205, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 14.4.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. March 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.11.2018].
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