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Published: 14 March 2014

Inflation slowed down to 1.3 per cent in February

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland slowed down to 1.3 per cent in February. Inflation slowed down above all because the rising of food prices halted. Statistics Finland has revised the commodity basket and weight structure for consumer price indices from the beginning of January.

Inflation indicators in Finland, February 2014

  Point figure      Year-on-year change Change on one month
Consumer Price Index 2010=100 108,7 1,3 % 0,2 %
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1 905    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100 121,5 1,6 % 0,3 %
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2005=100 118,4 1,1 % 0,3 %

In February, consumer prices were pushed up most in the year by rent increases and higher prices of vegetables, non-alcoholic beverages, restaurant and café services and health care. The rising of consumer prices was curbed most in February by fallen prices of liquid fuels, entertainment electronics and detached houses from one year ago. From January to February, consumer prices went up by 0.2 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 remained at 0.8 per cent in February

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the euro area in February was unchanged from January, i.e. 0.8 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland was 1.6 per cent in February.

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 February on 17 March. 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 1.1 per cent in February

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 1.6 per cent in February and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at 1.1 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.5 percentage points. The month-on-month change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices and in the Index at Constant Taxes was 0.3 per cent in February. There were no changes in tax rates in February.

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, Jaana Hellman 09 1734 2661, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Updated 14.3.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. February 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.2.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/khi/2014/02/khi_2014_02_2014-03-14_tie_001_en.html