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Inflation 7.6 per cent in August 2022

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The calculation of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was corrected.
Read more about the revision and its impact in our release.

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland was 7.6 per cent in August. In July, inflation stood at 7.8 per cent. The drop in inflation from July to August was caused, for example, by a milder rise in petrol prices.

Key points

  • Consumer prices were raised most in August by increases in the prices of electricity, petrol, diesel, and capital repairs on detached house from one year ago.
  • The rising of consumer prices from one year back was curbed most by reductions in the prices of refundable and non-refundable prescription medicines.
  • The month-on-month change of consumer prices was 0.1 per cent, which was caused by higher prices of electricity.

According to preliminary data, inflation in the euro area was 9.1 per cent in August 2022

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), the rate of inflation in the euro area was 9.1 per cent in August. In July, it stood at 8.9 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland was 7.9 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, the vehicle tax or fishing and hunting fees. 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.

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was 7.8 per cent in August 2022

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) stood at 7.9 per cent in August and that in the Index at Constant Taxes (HICP-CT) measuring market inflation at 7.8 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 -0.1 per cent and that in the Index at Constant Taxes -0.1 per cent in August.

In the Index at Constant Taxes, the impact on inflation from changes in the value added tax and other commodity taxes has been eliminated by keeping the taxes constant relative to the index base period. The Index measures market inflation or the change in prices caused by reasons other than changes in commodity taxes. The price impact of the tax changes is obtained by comparing the development of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices and the Index at Constant Taxes.

Tables

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14.09.2022

Consumer Price Index 2015=100 by commodity groups, annual and monthly changes, 2022 August

14.09.2022

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2015=100 by commodity groups, annual changes (%), 2022 August

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