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Published: 14 September 2015

Inflation remained at -0,2 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland remained at -0.2 per cent in August. In July, inflation stood at -0.2 per cent. The inflation remaining negative was influenced, for example, by decreases in the consumer prices of liquid fuels, housing loan interest rates, and mobile communication services from one year ago.

Inflation indicators in Finland, August 2015

  Point figure Annual change (%) Monthly change (%)
Consumer Price Index 2010=100 108,8 -0,2 0,2
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 1 906    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100 121,5 -0,2 0,0
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2005=100 118,0 -0,5 0,1

Consumer prices were raised most in August by increases in rents and maintenance charges from one year ago. Compared to one year ago, the biggest decreases were recorded in the consumer prices of liquid fuels, housing loan interest rates, and mobile communication services. During the month, most rise was visible in the consumer prices of single-family houses and vehicle tax. The biggest decrease was seen in the consumer prices of package tours and petrol. From July to August, consumer prices changed 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 was 0.2 per cent in August

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

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 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 -0.5 per cent in August

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at -0.2 per cent in August and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at -0.5 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.3 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 0.1 per cent 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: Ilkka Lehtinen 029 551 3478, Kristiina Nieminen 029 551 2957, khi@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 14.9.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. August 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.2.2019].
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