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Published: 13 May 2015

Inflation fell to -0.2 per cent in April

Corrected on 29 May 2015. The corrections are indicated in red.

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland fell to -0.2 per cent in April. In March, inflation stood at -0.1 per cent. Compared to April 2014, inflation remained negative due to fallen prices of liquid fuels, detached houses and interest rates.

Inflation indicators in Finland, april 2015

  Point figure Annual change (%) Monthly change (%)
Consumer Price Index 2010=100 108,9 -0,2 0,0
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1 908    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100 121,9 -0,1 0,0
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2005=100 118,4 -0,3 0,0

Consumer prices were raised in April most by increases in rents, maintenance charges and tobacco prices from one year ago. Compared to one year ago, the biggest decreases were in the consumer prices of liquid fuels, detached houses and used cars. From March to April, consumer prices changed by 0.0 per cent. During the month, most rise was in the consumer prices of petrol and dental fees. The biggest fall was in the consumer prices of prescription medicines and interests on consumer credits.

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 was 0.0 per cent in April

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

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 April on 19 May. 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 -0.3 per cent in April

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at -0.1 per cent in April and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at -0.3 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.2 percentage points. The month-on-month change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices was 0.0 per cent and that in the Index at Constant Taxes 0.0 per cent in April.

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: Ilkka Lehtinen 029 551 3478, Kristiina Nieminen 029 551 2957, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 13.5.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. April 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.6.2019].
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