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CSO statistical release, 10 April 2014, 11am

Consumer Price Index

March 2014

CPI and HICP
 CPI HICP
 % monthly change % annual change % monthly change % annual change
Nov 2013-0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.3
Dec 20130.0 0.2 0.1 0.4
Jan 2014-0.5 0.2 -0.6 0.3
Feb 20140.5 -0.1 0.6 0.1
Mar 20140.7 0.2 0.5 0.3

Prices rise by 0.2% in the year to March

CPI/HICP - ALL ITEMS Annual Percentage Change

Prices on average, as measured by the CPI, were 0.2% higher in March compared with March 2013.

The most notable changes in the year were increases in Education (+4.6%), Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+4.2%), Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+3.5%) and Restaurants & Hotels (+2.0%).  There were decreases in Clothing & Footwear (-4.2%), Communications (-3.1%), Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-2.8%) and Transport (-2.1%).

Consumer Prices in March, as measured by the CPI, increased by 0.7% in the month. This compares to an increase of 0.4% recorded in March of last year.  The most significant monthly price changes were increases in Clothing & Footwear (+3.0%), Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+2.3%) and Transport (+1.2%).  There were decreases in Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (-0.3%) and Communications (-0.2%).

Contributions to the overall CPI – annual change

Table 17 shows the contribution of each 2-digit COICOP1 division to the overall change in the CPI.  A detailed breakdown of the individual components of each of the 12 COICOP divisions is presented in Tables 4 to 15.

The divisions which caused the largest upward contribution to the CPI in the year were Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+0.48%), Restaurants & Hotels (+0.31%) and Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+0.20%).

The divisions which caused the largest downward contribution to the CPI in the year were Transport (-0.31%), Clothing & Footwear (-0.20%), Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (-0.17%) and Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-0.14%).

The main factors contributing to the annual change were as follows:

  • Miscellaneous Goods & Services rose primarily due to higher health and motor insurance premiums and the increased costs associated with the local property tax2.
  • Restaurants & Hotels increased mainly due to higher prices for alcohol consumed on licensed premises.
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco rose due to higher prices for alcohol sold in off licences and supermarkets and higher tobacco prices.
  • Transport fell mainly due to decreases in petrol, diesel and motor car prices.
  • Clothing & Footwear fell due to clothing and footwear sales.
  • Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages decreased due to lower prices across a range of products.
  • Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance decreased mainly due to furniture and furnishings sales.

Contributions to the overall CPI – monthly change

The divisions which caused the largest upward contribution to the CPI in the month were Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+0.28%), Transport (+0.15%), Clothing & Footwear (+0.12%) and Restaurants & Hotels (+0.09%).

The only division to cause a downward contribution to the CPI in the month was Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (-0.03%).

The main factors contributing to the monthly change were as follows:

  • Miscellaneous Goods & Services rose primarily due to higher health and motor insurance premiums.
  • Transport rose mainly due to an increase in airfares.
  • Clothing & Footwear increased due to a recovery in prices following the traditional winter sales.
  • Restaurants & Hotels increased mainly due to a rise in the price of hotel accommodation.
  • Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages decreased due to lower prices across a range of products. 

CPI sub-indices

The annual rate of inflation for Services was 2.1% in the year to March, while Goods decreased by 2.3%.  Services, excluding mortgage interest repayments, increased by 3.3% in the year since March 2013.

The CPI excluding tobacco increased by 0.6% in the month of March and remained unchanged in the year.  The CPI excluding mortgage interest rose by 0.7% in the month and was up by 0.7% in the year. 

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices

Prices on average, as measured by the HICP, increased by 0.3% compared with March 2013.

The most notable changes in the year were increases in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+5.0%), Education (+4.6%), Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+3.5%) and Restaurants & Hotels (+2.1%).  There were decreases in Clothing & Footwear (-4.2%), Communications (-3.0%), Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-2.9%) and Transport (-2.2%). 

The EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) increased by 0.5% in the month.  This compares to a rise of 0.4% recorded in March of last year.

The most significant monthly price changes were increases in Clothing & Footwear (+3.0%), Transport (+1.2%) and Miscellaneous Goods & Services (+1.0%).  There were decreases in Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (-0.3%) and Communications (-0.2%).

 

1 Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000).

2 See the Background Notes for further information on how the local property tax is treated within the CPI.

 

Contributions to changeannual % change
Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages-1.5
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco3.5
Clothing & Footwear-4.2
Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels0.2
Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance-2.8
Health-0.3
Transport-2.1
Communications-3.1
Recreation & Culture-0.8
Education4.6
Restaurants & Hotels2
Miscellaneous Goods & Services4.2
ALL ITEMS0.2
Table 1 Consumer Price Index (All Items)
PeriodConsumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Dec. 2011=1001  Dec. 2006=1001  1 month 3 months 12 months
           
2007Year  102.8     4.9
2008Year  107.0     4.1
2009Year  102.2     -4.5
2010Year  101.2     -1.0
2011Year  103.8     2.6
2012Year101.1 105.6     1.7
2013Year101.6 106.1     0.5
           
2011January97.4 101.7 -0.2 -0.1 1.7
 February98.3 102.6 0.9 0.9 2.2
 March99.2 103.5 0.9 1.6 3.0
 April99.5 103.9 0.4 2.2 3.2
 May99.6 104.0 0.1 1.4 2.7
 June99.5 103.9 -0.1 0.4 2.7
 July99.5 103.9 0.0 0.0 2.7
 August99.7 104.1 0.2 0.1 2.2
 September100.0 104.4 0.3 0.5 2.6
 October100.3 104.7 0.3 0.8 2.8
 November100.3 104.7 0.0 0.6 2.9
 December100.0 104.4 -0.3 0.0 2.5
           
2012January99.5 103.9 -0.5 -0.8 2.2
 February100.4 104.8 0.9 0.1 2.1
 March101.4 105.9 1.0 1.4 2.2
 April101.4 105.9 0.0 1.9 1.9
 May101.4 105.9 0.0 1.0 1.8
 June101.2 105.7 -0.2 -0.2 1.7
 July101.1 105.6 -0.1 -0.3 1.6
 August101.7 106.2 0.6 0.3 2.0
 September101.6 106.0 -0.1 0.4 1.6
 October101.5 106.0 -0.1 0.4 1.2
 November101.1 105.5 -0.4 -0.6 0.8
 December101.2 105.6 0.1 -0.4 1.2
           
2013January100.7 105.2 -0.5 -0.8 1.2
 February101.5 105.9 0.8 0.4 1.1
 March101.9 106.4 0.4 0.7 0.5
 April101.9 106.4 0.0 1.2 0.5
 May101.8 106.3 -0.1 0.3 0.4
 June101.9 106.4 0.1 0.0 0.7
 July101.8 106.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.7
 August101.9 106.3 0.1 0.1 0.2
 September101.8 106.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2
 October101.6 106.0 -0.2 -0.2 0.1
 November101.4 105.9 -0.2 -0.5 0.3
 December101.4 105.9 0.0 -0.4 0.2
           
2014January100.9105.3 -0.5 -0.7 0.2
 February101.4105.9 0.5 0.0 -0.1
 March102.1106.6 0.7 0.7 0.2
           
1 Data prior to December 2011 is linked to current Consumer Price Index at mid-December 2011.
Table 2 Consumer Price Index Subindices - March 2014    
Subindices  Consumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Weights         
2014 Dec. 2011=100Dec. 2006=100 1 month 3 months 12 months
CPI excluding Tobacco97.283 101.9105.6 0.6 0.7 0.0
CPI excluding Housing188.492 103.3107.9 0.8 0.9 0.3
CPI excluding Mortgage Interest95.390 103.7108.0 0.7 0.9 0.7
CPI excluding Mortgage Interest and Local Property Tax295.203 103.4107.7 0.7 0.7 0.5
CPI excluding Energy Products389.656 101.7103.6 0.7 0.8 0.5
CPI excluding Energy and Unprocessed Food484.394 101.8104.2 0.8 0.9 0.6
           
1 Housing includes rents, waste collection & disposal charges, mortgage interest, materials for repairs & decoration and house insurance.
2 This sub-index was introduced in the January 2014 release for the first time. It excludes the items "mortgage interest" and "miscellaneous goods & services" (part of COICOP 12.70) which predominantly comprises the local property tax.
3 Energy products include electricity, gas, other domestic and transport fuels.
4 Energy and unprocessed food includes electricity, gas, other domestic & transport fuels, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.
Table 3 Consumer Price COICOP Division Indices - March 2014
COICOP Division6  Consumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Weights         
2014 Dec. 2011=100Dec. 2006=100 1 month 3 months 12 months
           
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages11.400 99.7101.8 -0.3 -0.8 -1.5
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco5.796 112.5124.1 0.2 3.6 3.5
03Clothing and Footwear4.323 94.067.7 3.0 -1.3 -4.2
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels15.761 98.7106.0 0.2 -0.1 0.2
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance4.691 93.081.4 0.5 -0.7 -2.8
06Health2.928 101.2117.7 0.0 -0.1 -0.3
07Transport14.028 104.4113.8 1.2 1.3 -2.1
08Communications2.932 92.097.5 -0.2 -0.3 -3.1
09Recreation and Culture7.772 98.897.5 0.0 0.1 -0.8
10Education2.791 109.5144.3 0.0 0.1 4.6
11Restaurants and Hotels115.723 104.8106.6 0.6 0.4 2.0
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services11.855 110.1132.0 2.3 3.7 4.2
ALL ITEMS100.000 102.1106.6 0.7 0.7 0.2
Of which:          
  Goods244.466 99.097.3 0.3 -0.1 -2.3
  Services355.534 104.7114.9 1.0 1.4 2.1
  Energy Products10.344 104.9140.9 0.2 -0.4 -2.3
  Utilities and Local Charges43.697 110.7126.0 0.3 1.1 2.9
  Alcohol59.774 110.9112.6 0.1 2.1 3.5
  Tobacco2.717 108.2138.0 0.1 0.1 2.9
  Mortgage Interest4.610 75.981.7 -0.3 -3.1 -10.7
  Services excluding Mortgage Interest50.924 108.0118.9 1.0 1.7 3.3
            
1 Includes alcoholic beverages consumed on licensed premises.
2 Non service items usually purchased and transportable from a retail outlet.
3 Electricity, gas, telecommunications, alcoholic beverages consumed on licensed premises, meals out, housing, rent, mortgage interest repayments, insurance, public transport, entertainment and recreation, education, household services and miscellaneous services including childcare, social protection, package holidays and other services.
4 Electricity, gas, landline telecommunications and waste collection & disposal charges.
5 Constitutes part of 02 (off-licence sales) and part of 11 (alcohol consumed on licensed premises) giving a combined index for alcohol.
6 See Background Notes for definition of COICOP divisions.
Table 4 COICOP Division 01 Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
01.1 Food10.4031 99.6 -0.2-1.4
   01.1.1 Bread & Cereals1.8944 98.6 0.3-1.6
                   Rice0.0515 105.8 1.61.6
                   Flours & other cereals0.0643 110.1 -1.2-0.5
                   Bread0.6296 98.4 -0.7-2.2
                   Other bakery products0.5890 93.7 0.5-2.7
                   Pizza & quiche0.1439 94.9 6.94.2
                   Pasta products & couscous0.1013 97.4 1.4-1.6
                   Breakfast cereals0.2694 108.3 -1.5-1.2
                   Other cereal products0.0454 99.3 3.0-3.9
   01.1.2 Meat2.5260 100.8 0.3-0.3
                    Beef & veal0.4346 107.3 2.32.6
                    Pork0.1520 102.1 3.2-2.7
                    Lamb & goat0.1474 97.1 -2.11.8
                    Poultry0.4794 97.8 0.3-2.1
                    Edible offal0.0068 102.6 -0.4-0.5
                    Dried, salted or smoked meat0.9023 98.5 -0.7-1.2
                    Other meat preparations0.4035 103.2 0.40.7
   01.1.3 Fish0.4064 99.9 -0.5-0.7
                   Fresh or chilled fish 0.1577 103.1 1.42.2
                   Frozen fish0.0620 80.2 -4.5-10.3
                   Fresh or chilled seafood 0.0472 97.7 0.00.0
                   Dried, smoked or salted fish & seafood0.0461 99.7 0.1-0.1
                   Other preserved or processed fish & seafood-based preparations0.0934 109.7 -1.3-0.1
   01.1.4 Milk, cheese & eggs1.5386 99.9 0.00.6
                   Fresh whole milk0.4488 99.9 -0.10.8
                   Fresh low fat milk0.1678 103.1 0.03.5
                   Yoghurt0.2677 96.2 -1.5-2.4
                   Cheese & curd 0.3535 100.0 0.91.4
                   Other milk products0.1401 98.6 -0.3-0.9
                   Eggs0.1607 103.2 0.81.6
   01.1.5 Oils & fats0.2942 103.1 -0.23.0
                   Butter0.1319 103.1 -0.23.5
                   Margarine & other vegetable fats0.0940 103.3 -0.25.4
                   Olive oil0.0265 100.3 -0.5-0.7
                   Other edible oils0.0419 104.2 -0.2-1.6
   01.1.6 Fruit0.6263 95.4 -1.6-2.1
                   Fresh or chilled fruit0.5227 94.3 -1.6-2.8
                   Dried fruit & nuts0.0879 99.1 -2.11.6
                   Preserved fruit & fruit-based products0.0157 113.7 -0.62.7
   01.1.7 Vegetables1.7037 100.5 -2.2-6.8
                   Fresh or chilled vegetables other than potatoes & other tubers0.7300 100.5 -0.6-2.5
                   Frozen vegetables other than potatoes & other tubers0.0439 94.7 1.6-3.4
                   Dried vegetables, other preserved or processed vegetables0.3091 98.8 -0.3-1.1
                   Potatoes0.3751 96.9 -4.1-23.3
                   Crisps0.2456 104.5 -7.2-0.9
   01.1.8 Sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery0.9608 100.1 1.61.0
                   Sugar0.0883 100.3 0.0-0.5
                   Jams, marmalades & honey0.1070 101.5 1.40.3
                   Chocolate0.4102 106.3 4.25.2
                   Confectionery products0.1722 95.4 -2.3-1.4
                   Edible ices & ice cream0.1758 89.4 -0.1-5.5
                   Artifical sugar substitutes0.0073 101.3 0.10.9
   01.1.9 Food products n.e.c. 0.4527 99.3 0.0-1.0
                   Sauces & condiments0.1217 100.6 -0.1-3.0
                   Salt, spices & culinary herbs0.0215 97.8 0.3-0.5
                   Baby food0.0536 104.4 -0.20.5
                   Ready-made meals0.1342 93.4 0.1-2.8
                   Other food products n.e.c.0.1217 102.7 0.02.4
01.2 Non-alcoholic beverages0.9970 100.8 -1.2-2.2
   01.2.1 Coffee, tea & cocoa0.1956 98.4 -1.4-2.9
                   Coffee0.0819 98.3 0.3-1.3
                   Tea0.1035 97.7 -2.9-4.6
                   Cocoa & powdered chocolate0.0102 104.9 0.20.6
   01.2.2 Mineral waters, soft drinks, fruit & vegetable juices0.8014 101.6 -1.0-1.8
                   Mineral or spring waters0.1140 103.0 0.90.0
                   Soft drinks0.4763 100.6 -1.4-2.3
                   Fruit & vegetable juices0.2110 102.9 -1.3-1.9
       
Total 11.4001 99.7 -0.3-1.5
       
Table 5 COICOP Division 02 Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
 
02.1 Alcoholic Beverages3.0784116.2 0.23.4
   02.1.1 Spirits0.4686120.2 -2.38.2
   02.1.2 Wine1.5642121.4 1.81.2
   02.1.3 Beer1.0456107.4 -1.15.0
02.2 Tobacco2.7173108.2 0.12.9
                   Cigarettes2.5834107.9 0.12.8
                   Other tobacco products0.1339114.5 0.74.3
       
Total5.7957 112.5 0.23.5
       
Table 6 COICOP Division 03 Clothing and Footwear - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
   
03.1 Clothing3.6143 94.8 3.0-4.4
   03.1.2 Garments3.3952 94.5 3.1-4.8
   03.1.3 Other articles of clothing & clothing accessories0.1454 97.4 2.53.3
   03.1.4 Cleaning, repair & hire of clothing0.0737 101.6 0.20.8
                   Dry cleaning & laundry0.0572 101.5 0.10.3
                   Dress hire & repair of clothing0.0166 102.0 0.42.5
03.2 Footwear0.7086 90.7 2.6-3.1
   03.2.1 Shoes & other footwear0.7001 90.6 2.6-3.1
   03.2.2 Repair & hire of footwear0.0085 101.0 0.10.1
       
Total4.3229 94.0 3.0-4.2
       
Table 7 COICOP Division 04 Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
04.1/04.2 Actual rentals for housing & mortgage interest9.8924 93.5 0.2-0.5
   04.1.1 Actual rentals paid by tenants (Rents)5.2829 113.8 0.79.2
                   Private Rents4.5962 115.3 0.810.0
                   Local Authority Rents0.6867 104.3 0.04.1
   04.2.1 Mortgage Interest 4.6096 75.9 -0.3-10.7
04.3 Maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.5176 98.8 -0.61.0
   04.3.1 Materials for the maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.2057 99.0 -1.9-0.7
   04.3.2 Services for the maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.3119 98.7 0.32.3
04.4 Water supply & miscellaneous services relating to the dwelling 0.6224 102.9 0.01.6
04.5 Electricity, gas & other fuels4.7289 108.6 0.01.4
   04.5.1 Electricity2.2985 112.7 0.43.7
   04.5.2 Gas0.7092 111.4 0.01.8
                   Natural gas0.6734 111.8 0.01.9
                   Bottled gas0.0358 102.9 0.10.5
   04.5.3 Liquid fuels (Home Heating Oil)1.1596 98.5 -0.9-6.2
   04.5.4 Solid fuels0.5616 107.8 0.07.8
       
Total15.7614 98.7 0.20.2
       
Table 8 COICOP Division 05 Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
05.1 Furniture & furnishings, carpets & other floor coverings1.0937 83.8 -1.2-8.2
   05.1.1 Furniture & furnishings1.0895 83.4 -1.1-8.1
   05.1.2 Carpets & other floor coverings0.0042 97.9 -0.4-0.4
05.2 Household textiles0.3134 86.6 -0.8-8.4
05.3 Household appliances0.4961 96.6 0.1-1.3
   05.3.1 Major household appliances whether electric or not0.4200 96.3 0.1-1.3
   05.3.2 Small electric household appliances0.0490 95.6 0.1-2.0
   05.3.3 Repair of household appliances0.0270 101.3 0.00.0
05.4 Glassware, tableware & household utensils0.3960 93.9 -1.1-3.5
05.5 Tools & equipment for house & garden0.2188 95.8 -0.4-1.9
   05.5.1 Major tools & equipment0.1230 90.3 -0.4-2.7
   05.5.2 Small tools & miscellaneous accessories0.0958 99.0 -0.4-1.0
05.6 Goods & services for routine household maintenance2.1730 98.0 2.00.9
   05.6.1 Non-durable household goods1.2576 98.2 1.7-1.5
   05.6.2 Domestic services & household services0.9154 96.6 2.43.5
       
Total4.6910 93.0 0.5-2.8
       
Table 9 COICOP Division 06 Health - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
06.1 Medical products, appliances & equipment1.0882 100.6 -0.1-1.3
   06.1.1 Pharmaceutical products0.8913 100.3 -0.1-1.4
                   Prescribed drugs0.2396 99.4 0.0-9.6
                   Other medicines0.6518 100.5 -0.21.9
   06.1.2 Other medical products0.0265 109.2 1.51.9
   06.1.3 Therapeutic appliances & equipment0.1704 99.3 0.0-0.5
06.2 Out-patient services1.6082 100.4 0.00.3
   06.2.1/3 Medical & paramedical services1.0749 99.9 0.00.1
                   Doctors' fees0.8912 100.0 0.00.1
                   Other medical & paramedical services0.1837 99.5 0.00.0
   06.2.2 Dental services0.5333 101.2 0.00.4
06.3 Hospital services0.2316 101.0 0.00.0
       
Total2.9280 101.2 0.0-0.3
       
Table 10 COICOP Division 07 Transport - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
07.1 Purchase of vehicles3.0862 94.5 0.1-2.7
   07.1.1 Motor cars3.0137 94.5 0.1-2.6
   07.1.2 Motor cycles0.0112 103.2 0.20.6
   07.1.3 Bicycles0.0613 92.7 -1.4-6.7
07.2 Operation of personal transport equipment8.6787 104.7 0.1-3.6
   07.2.1 Spare parts & accessories for personal transport equipment0.3925 101.4 0.01.0
   07.2.2 Fuels & lubricants for personal transport equipment5.6149 102.1 0.3-5.1
                   Petrol3.8360 103.2 0.4-5.3
                   Diesel1.7554 99.7 0.3-4.8
                   Motor oil0.0235 102.8 -0.11.2
   07.2.3 Maintenance & repair of personal transport equipment0.6812 98.9 0.0-1.5
   07.2.4 Other services in respect of personal transport equipment1.9902 116.6 -0.2-0.2
                   Motor tax1.4722 121.8 0.00.0
                   Other vehicle costs0.5180 102.4 -0.6-0.7
07.3 Transport services2.2629 118.1 5.83.5
   07.3.1 Passenger transport by railway0.2649 112.0 0.04.5
   07.3.2 Passenger transport by road1.1478 111.2 0.02.2
                   Bus fares0.7157 118.2 0.03.4
                   Taxi fares0.4321 100.0 0.00.0
   07.3.3 Passenger transport by air0.7485 128.4 16.41.8
   07.3.4 Passenger transport by sea & inland waterway0.0547 113.0 2.51.9
   07.3.5 Combined passenger transport0.0298 121.5 0.07.6
   07.3.6 Other purchased transport services0.0171 95.9 0.0-3.1
       
Total14.0279 104.4 1.2-2.1
       
Table 11 COICOP Division 08 Communications - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
08.1 Postal services0.1191 109.1 0.07.5
08.2/3.0 Telephone & telefax equipment and telephone & telefax services2.8129 91.5 -0.1-3.4
       
Total2.9320 92.0 -0.2-3.1
       
Table 12 COICOP Division 09 Recreation and Culture - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
09.1 Audio-visual, photographic & information processing equipment0.9774 80.0 -0.4-9.4
   09.1.1 Equipment for the reception, recording & reproduction of sound & pictures 0.3345 79.4 -0.4-10.9
   09.1.2 Photographic & cinematographic equipment & optical instruments0.0620 71.1 -2.3-13.1
   09.1.3 Information processing equipment0.1759 70.6 -0.4-17.0
   09.1.4 Recording media0.379990.1 0.0-2.0
   09.1.5 Repair of audio-visual, photographic & information processing equipment0.025097.5 0.01.2
09.2 Other major durables for recreation & culture0.011193.6 0.0-2.0
09.3 Other recreational items & equipment, gardens & pets1.339593.1 0.0-4.7
   09.3.1 Games, toys & hobbies0.784188.3 0.8-6.7
   09.3.2 Equipment for sport, camping & open-air recreation0.088989.7 -4.1-8.7
   09.3.3 Gardens, plants & flowers0.143184.2 -1.5-8.7
   09.3.4/5 Pets & related products including veterinary & other services for pets0.3234110.1 -0.12.5
09.4 Recreational & cultural services2.8377103.2 0.00.8
   09.4.1 Recreational & sporting services0.730394.5 0.0-0.4
                   Sports admittance0.091496.5 0.0-2.0
                   Sports participation0.173393.7 0.0-0.5
                   Club & society subscriptions0.465794.4 0.0-0.1
   09.4.2 Cultural services2.1073106.8 0.01.1
                   Cinema0.1890103.3 0.01.4
                   Nightclubs0.126595.9 -0.8-0.4
                   Cultural admittance0.3937108.7 0.0-1.1
                   Television services1.3140108.1 0.01.9
                   Other entertainment0.0841101.9 0.00.8
09.5 Newspapers, books & stationery1.3799102.5 0.21.6
   09.5.1 Books0.363299.7 0.5-1.3
   09.5.2 Newspapers & periodicals0.8692103.8 0.23.2
   09.5.3/4 Miscellaneous printed matter and stationery & drawing materials0.147699.9 0.2-1.1
09.6 Package holidays1.2263106.0 0.12.3
   
Total7.7719 98.8 0.0-0.8
       
Table 13 COICOP Division 10 Education - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
10.1 Pre-primary & primary education0.1563 100.8 0.00.6
10.2 Secondary education0.4153 105.0 0.02.4
10.4 Tertiary education1.8314 113.2 0.06.3
10.5 Education not definable by level0.3881 101.3 0.0-0.1
   
Total2.7911 109.5 0.04.6
       
Table 14 COICOP Division 11 Restaurants and Hotels - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
11.1 Catering services13.7439 104.9 0.22.3
   11.1.1 Restaurants, cafes & the like12.4108 105.3 0.22.5
                  Licenced premises7.0173 108.2 0.13.0
                      Spirits1.7059 108.6 0.23.5
                      Wine1.1142 107.4 0.13.2
                      Beer3.8758 108.6 0.03.0
                      Soft drinks & mineral water0.3214 104.1 0.11.5
                  Restaurants, cafes, fast food & take-away food5.3935 101.5 0.31.6
   11.1.2 Canteens1.3331 100.6 0.00.9
11.2 Accommodation services1.9795 104.0 3.30.2
   
Total15.7235 104.8 0.62.0
       
Table 15 COICOP Division 12 Miscellaneous Goods and Services - March 2014
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2014 Dec. 2011=100 1 month12 months
       
12.1 Personal care3.5232 96.2 0.6-1.1
   12.1.1 Hairdressing salons & personal grooming establishments0.8738 97.3 -0.40.2
                     Hairdressing0.6620 97.1 -0.30.7
                     Health & beauty treatments0.1977 97.6 -0.8-1.8
                     Other personal grooming0.0142 101.5 0.41.8
   12.1.2 Electric appliances for personal care0.1336 94.8 0.3-4.5
   12.1.3 Other appliances, articles & products for personal care2.5158 95.3 0.8-1.9
                     Hygiene products0.5295 97.7 1.8-2.7
                     Hair products0.3005 98.5 1.32.3
                     Cosmetics & skincare products1.0825 92.7 0.8-2.3
                     Toilet accessories0.6033 96.4 0.2-2.3
12.3 Personal effects n.e.c.0.7759 82.0 0.5-9.1
   12.3.1 Jewellery, clocks & watches0.3085 94.5 2.2-2.3
   12.3.2 Other personal effects0.4674 71.9 -0.6-14.0
12.4 Social protection0.7412 100.8 0.00.7
                     Childcare0.6024 100.6 0.00.6
                     Other social protection0.1388 101.3 0.00.8
12.5 Insurance5.4874 118.0 4.66.4
   12.5.2 Insurance connected with the dwelling0.6724 90.8 0.0-5.8
   12.5.3 Insurance connected with health3.4739 135.2 6.19.6
   12.5.4 Insurance connected with transport1.3410 99.7 2.84.4
                  Motor insurance1.3264 99.7 2.84.4
                     Motor cycle insurance0.0113 102.7 0.00.0
                     Motor car insurance1.3152 99.7 2.94.5
                  Travel insurance0.0146 97.3 0.0-2.7
12.6 Financial services n.e.c.0.3813 106.4 0.06.3
12.7 Other services n.e.c.0.9457 153.0 0.123.9
   
Total11.8547 110.1 2.34.2
       
Table 16 Consumer Price Index Goods and Services by COICOP Division - March 2014
COICOP DivisionWeights 2014 Index       Percentage changes
    Dec. 2011=100    
          
OverallGoodsServices GoodsServices GoodsServicesOverall
       12 months12 months12 months
            
01Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages11.40011.400- 99.7- -1.5--1.5
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco5.7965.796- 112.5- 3.5-3.5
03Clothing and Footwear4.3234.2410.082 93.8101.5 -4.30.7-4.2
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels 15.7611.96213.799 101.398.3 -1.80.50.2
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance4.6913.7470.944 91.597.0 -4.73.4-2.8
06Health2.9281.0881.840 100.6101.0 -1.30.2-0.3
07Transport14.0289.0944.934 99.5114.6 -4.01.5-2.1
08Communications2.9320.1122.820 71.792.9 -14.0-2.6-3.1
09Recreation and Culture7.7723.6014.171 93.7103.6 -3.01.2-0.8
10Education2.791-2.791 -109.5 -4.64.6
11Restaurants and Hotels15.723-15.723 -104.8 -2.02.0
12Miscellaneous Goods & Services11.8553.4258.430 91.8116.4 -3.77.14.2
           
ALL ITEMS100.00044.46655.534 99.0104.7 -2.32.10.2
            
Table 17 Contributions to the change in the All Items CPI - March 2014
COICOP DivisionPercentage changes
1 month 3 months12 months
       
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages-0.03 -0.08 -0.17
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco0.01 0.21 0.20
03Clothing and Footwear0.12 -0.05 -0.20
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels0.02 -0.02 0.03
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance0.02 -0.03 -0.14
06Health0.00 0.00 -0.01
07Transport0.15 0.17 -0.31
08Communications0.00 -0.01 -0.09
09Recreation and Culture0.00 0.01 -0.06
10Education0.00 0.00 0.12
11Restaurants and Hotels0.09 0.06 0.31
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services0.28 0.43 0.48
 ALL ITEMS % change0.7¹0.7¹0.2¹
 Goods0.13 -0.06 -1.02
 Services0.53 0.74 1.18
 Energy Products0.02 -0.03 -0.25
 Tobacco0.00 0.00 0.08
 Mortgage Interest-0.01 -0.14 -0.53
       
1 Totals may not equal the sum of the categories due to rounding differences.
Table 18 EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices - Ireland
Period  HICP Percentage changes
  Year 2005=100 1 month 12 months
         
2006Year 102.7   2.7
2007Year 105.6   2.8
2008Year 108.9   3.1
2009Year 107.1   -1.7
2010Year 105.4   -1.6
2011Year 106.6   1.1
2012Year 108.7   2.0
2013Year 109.2   0.5
         
2011January 105.2 -0.3 0.2
 February 106.1 0.9 0.9
 March 106.6 0.5 1.2
 April 106.9 0.3 1.5
 May 106.9 0.0 1.2
 June 106.7 -0.2 1.1
 July 106.5 -0.2 1.0
 August 106.7 0.2 1.0
 September 106.8 0.1 1.3
 October 107.1 0.3 1.5
 November 107.1 0.0 1.7
 December 107.0 -0.1 1.4
         
2012January 106.6 -0.4 1.3
 February 107.8 1.1 1.6
 March 108.9 1.0 2.2
 April 108.9 0.0 1.9
 May 108.9 0.0 1.9
 June 108.7 -0.2 1.9
 July 108.6 -0.1 2.0
 August 109.5 0.8 2.6
 September 109.4 -0.1 2.4
 October 109.3 -0.1 2.1
 November 108.8 -0.5 1.6
 December 108.8 0.0 1.7
         
2013January 108.2 -0.6 1.5
 February 109.1 0.8 1.2
 March 109.5 0.4 0.6
 April 109.4 -0.1 0.5
 May 109.4 0.0 0.5
 June 109.5 0.1 0.7
 July 109.4 -0.1 0.7
 August 109.5 0.1 0.0
 September109.4-0.10.0
 October109.2-0.2-0.1
 November109.1-0.10.3
 December109.20.10.4
      
2014January108.5-0.60.3
 February109.20.60.1
 March109.80.50.3
         
Table 19 EU Harmonised Consumer Price COICOP Division Indices - March 2014 Ireland
COICOP DivisionHICP Percentage changes Percentage contributions
Year 2005=100 1 month 12 months 1 month 12 months
          
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages103.4 -0.3 -1.5 -0.03 -0.18
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco130.1 0.1 3.5 0.01 0.22
03Clothing and Footwear68.3 3.0 -4.2 0.13 -0.21
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels130.7 0.2 5.0 0.04 0.63
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance80.4 0.5 -2.9 0.02 -0.15
06Health123.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.00 -0.01
07Transport113.8 1.2 -2.2 0.17 -0.35
08Communications97.0 -0.2 -3.0 0.00 -0.10
09Recreation and Culture99.5 0.0 -0.9 0.00 -0.07
10Education156.2 0.0 4.6 0.00 0.13
11Restaurants and Hotels112.0 0.6 2.1 0.10 0.34
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services119.4 1.0 -0.3 0.07 -0.02
HICP109.8 0.5 0.3 0.5¹0.3¹
 Goods98.7 0.3 -2.2 0.13 -1.11
 Services121.8 0.7 2.6 0.36 1.33
 HICP excluding Energy and Unprocessed Food2106.5 0.7 0.9 0.52 0.64
           
1 Totals may not equal the sum of the categories due to rounding differences. 
2 Energy and unprocessed food includes electricity, gas, other domestic & transport fuels, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.

Background Notes

Consumer Price Index

Definition

The Consumer Price Index is designed to measure the change in the average level of prices (inclusive of all indirect taxes) paid for consumer goods and services by all private and institutional households in the country and by foreign tourists holidaying in Ireland.

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Approximately 53,000 prices are collected for a representative basket consisting of 632 item headings in a fixed panel of retail and service outlets throughout the country during the week containing the second Tuesday of each month up to and including the third Tuesday of each month.  The dates to which the March index relates are Monday 10th to Tuesday, 18th March 2014.

Scope of the Index

  1. Population Coverage: All private and institutional households in the State and the expenditure of foreign tourists within Ireland.  It does not include the expenditure of other non private households.    Expenditure which occurs abroad by Irish residents is also excluded.  In statistical terms coverage is referred to as the domestic concept.
  2. Geographic Coverage: Covers the whole of the Republic of Ireland.  Pricing takes place in 84 locations (cities and towns) throughout the country.  These sampling points are located in Dublin city and county, the four regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, approx. 80% of towns with a population of 10,000 and over, approx. 70% of towns between 5,000 and 9,999 and a smaller proportion below this threshold.  The results are weighted to represent the distribution of the population and its related consumer expenditure.
  3. Item Coverage: All goods and services bought by the reference population for the purposes of consumption are included in the index.  Expenditure on capital assets and investments, gambling and certain other activities are however excluded.  There are 632 item headings and 12 division headings based on the COICOP classification.  With each rebase the coverage of goods and services is reviewed to ensure that it continues to be representative of consumer tastes and purchasing practices.

Price Collection   

Personal visits are made to retail outlets by some 80 price collectors on a monthly basis.  Approximately 50,000 price quotations are gathered in this way.  In addition, 126 special inquiries covering items such as utility charges and services are conducted by post, telephone and e-mail in conjunction with internet price collection.  Most prices are collected monthly, some quarterly and others annually.  The CSO supplies general specifications to price collectors and price collectors are free initially to select a brand and in certain cases, size.  This allows for a wide variety of different brands of the same item to be priced throughout the country.  Once selected, the same item/brand is priced on a monthly basis in order to ensure matched price quotations.  If an item disappears, substitution can occur but that price is excluded until matched prices are available for the same comparable item for two consecutive months.  The CSO wishes to put on record its appreciation of the co-operation and assistance it receives from retail outlets and other business concerns.

Classification

The classification used in the CPI is based on a version of the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000) (COICOP).  This replaced the former national classification which was used up to December 2001.  The COICOP classification breaks consumer expenditure into twelve different divisions covering a comprehensive range of consumer goods and services.

Annual Update of CPI Weights

For 2014, the CPI COICOP class (4-digit) level weights were updated with a reference period of December 2013.  The weights were based primarily on the 2012 National Accounts Household Final Monetary Consumption Expenditure (HFMCE) data.  The expenditure data were price updated at CPI COICOP class level to December 2013 using the price movement of the corresponding CPI COICOP class indices.

The sample of items in the basket, retail outlets and service providers and locations remains unchanged from the December 2011 rebase.

CPI Item Weights

The CPI measures in index form the monthly changes  in the cost of purchasing  a fixed representative ‘basket’ of consumer goods and services (i.e. Laspeyres formula).  Identical items are priced in the same outlet on each occasion so that changes in the cost of this constant basket reflect only pure price changes.  The current basket of goods and services consists of 632 representative items which were selected as part of the December 2011 rebase and remain unchanged for 2014.  The representative share of each item in the basket is proportional to the average amount purchased by all households in the State and foreign tourists in Ireland based primarily on the 2009/2010 Household Budget Survey (HBS) and estimates of expenditure by foreign tourists across a range of consumer goods and services.  When the new COICOP class (4-digit) level weights were introduced with the January 2013 index, the CPI item weights were also updated.  The CPI item weights were calculated on a pro rata basis using proportions from the December 2011 rebase.  A similar approach was taken when updating the 2014 item weights.

Methodological Details

A full methodological description of the new series is available in the Consumer Price Index Introduction of Updated Series (Base: December 2011 = 100) which is published on the CSO website at:

http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/surveysandmethodologies/documents/pdfdocs/CPI_Intro_of_Updated_Series_Base_Dec2011.pdf

Rebase

The index has been rebased with effect from December 2011, the eleventh series since the foundation of the State.

The rebase of the current CPI resulted in a number of methodological changes:

  • Updating the expenditure weights;
  • A revision of the sample of goods and services;
  • An update of the sample of areas priced;
  • Calculation of the mortgage interest component.

Goods and Services

The CPI basket can be split into two constituent parts - goods and services according to the following definitions.

Goods

Goods are defined as non service items usually purchased and transportable from a retail outlet - the basket excluding services.

Services

Services include electricity, gas, telecommunications and other public utilities, alcoholic beverages consumed on licensed premises, meals out, accommodation services, public transport, medical fees, insurances, education fees, hairdressing & other personal services, childcare & social protection, entertainment & recreation services, mortgage interest & rents, package holidays and other miscellaneous services.

Utilities and Local Charges

Includes electricity, gas, landline telecommunications and waste collection & disposal charges.

Mortgage Interest and the Local Property Tax in the CPI

Mortgage interest was first included in the CPI at the November 1975 rebase. The use of mortgage interest in the CPI reflects a user-cost approach to measuring owner-occupied housing.  This approach has involved measuring changes in average mortgage interest costs over time.  The household charge was introduced to the CPI in April 2012 and subsequently became the local property tax in July 2013. The local property tax is included in the basket under the item 'miscellaneous goods and services', which is part of COICOP 12.7.0.  The inclusion of the local property tax is consistent with the user-cost approach utilised for owner-occupied housing.  In the interest of transparency, an index excluding both mortgage interest and the local property tax is provided in Table 2 of the release to allow for their impact in the CPI to be seen.

Mortgage interest and the local property tax are excluded from the HICP.   

Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices

Introduction

The European Union-Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (EU-HICP) is calculated in each Member State of the EU.  The purpose of this index is to allow the comparison of consumer price trends in the different Member States.

Comparison with CPI

The methodology now adopted for the construction of the national CPI is identical to that recommended for the HICP.  Thus the two indices only differ in respect of the coverage of certain goods and services and the treatment of insurance.  The current EU reference base period (Year 2005=100) is however retained for ease of comparison with other EU countries.

Excluded  Items

The following items, constituting approximately 8.3% of the Irish CPI expenditure weighting, are excluded from the HICP:

  • mortgage interest
  • building materials
  • motor car tax
  • motor cycle tax
  • motor car insurance (non-service)
  • contents insurance (non-service)
  • dwelling insurance
  • union subscriptions
  • local property tax (part of the item 'miscellaneous goods & services')

Annual Update of HICP Weights

For 2014, the CPI COICOP class (4-digit) level weights were updated with a reference period of December 2013.  The weights were based primarily on the 2012 HFMCE data.  The expenditure data were price updated at HICP COICOP class level to December 2013 using the price movement of the corresponding HICP COICOP class indices.

The sample of items in the basket, retail outlets and service providers and locations remains unchanged from the December 2011 rebase.

Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP)

Euro area inflation is measured by the MUICP (‘Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices’ as defined in Council Regulation (EC) No 2494/95 of 23 October 1995) which is the official euro area aggregate.  The MUICP is calculated as a weighted average of HICPs of the 18 countries in the euro area.  Country weights are computed every year reflecting the country’s share of the household final monetary consumption expenditure in the euro area total.

Classification System

The coverage of the indices is based on the international classification system, Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000) (COICOP).

COICOP

Prior to the introduction of the December 2001 based series in January 2002 the CPI used a national classification while the EU Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) used COICOP.  To ensure greater comparability CPI and the HICP have both used the COICOP since December 2001.

The COICOP classification is based on 12 divisions:

01    Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages

Includes food and non alcoholic beverages purchased in supermarkets, small shops, speciality shops and petrol station forecourt outlets.  It excludes meals out which are covered under 11 Restaurants and Hotels.

02    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Includes alcoholic beverages purchased in off licences and supermarkets but excludes alcohol consumed on or within licensed premises which is classified under 11 Restaurants and Hotels.  It also includes tobacco products.

03    Clothing and Footwear

Mens, ladies and childrens clothing and footwear, sports and leisurewear and services such as laundry and dry cleaning, shoe repair, dress hire and alteration.

04    Housing,  Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels

Covers rents, mortgage interest repayments, waste collection and disposal charges, goods and services for maintaining, decorating and repairing dwellings and domestic energy products such as electricity, gas, home heating oil and solid fuels.

05    Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance

Covers household items such as furniture, carpets and other floor coverings, household textiles and soft furnishings, household appliances and other household items such as utensils, tools, garden equipment and non-durable items for cleaning, washing and other day to day household activity.  Also included are services such as electrical repair, cleaning and gardening.

06    Health

Includes medical products, appliances and equipment, hospital charges and out patient services supplied by doctors, dentists, opticians, physiotherapists and practitioners of alternative and complimentary medicine.

07    Transport

Includes the purchase of new and second hand vehicles, spare parts, car maintenance, fuels and lubricants, public transport and services such as parking, motor association subscriptions, car wash, toll charges, driving lessons, driving test, driving licence and car hire.

08    Communications

Postal and telecommunications services.

09    Recreation and Culture

Includes items such as audio visual and photographic equipment, computers, music and DVDs, sports and recreation goods, games and toys, items connected with gardening and pets, recreational, sporting and cultural activities and events, newspapers and other reading material, package holidays and other items connected with recreation and culture.

10    Education

Includes pre-primary and primary, secondary, third level fees and other education and training such as night courses and examination fees.

11    Restaurants and Hotels

Includes meals in restaurants and hotels, fast food and takeaways, cafes and canteens; alcohol consumed on or within a licensed premises and accommodation services supplied by hotels, guesthouses and hostels.

12    Miscellaneous Goods and Services

Covers a wide range of items including hairdressing and other grooming; goods for hygiene, hair and body care; personal goods such as jewellery, handbags and wallets; childcare and other social protection services; insurance, financial services and other services including funerals, weddings, legal and professional services.  The household charge was added to this division, in the CPI, under the item 'miscellaneous goods and services' in April 2012.  The household charge subsequently became the local property tax in July 2013. The local property tax is not included in the HICP.

Calculating percentage changes in the index

The movement of the CPI, HICP and their subindices are expressed as percentage changes, rather than changes in index points, because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to its base period, whereas percentage changes are not.  The example below illustrates the computation of index point and percentage changes.

 

Index point change  
Current index 106.7
Less previous index 103.7
Equals index point change 3.0
   
Percentage change  
Index point change 3.0
Divided by the previous index 103.7
Equals 0.0289
Result multiplied by 100 0.0289 x 100
Equals percentage change 2.9

 

Estimating Contributions

A contribution represents the amount of the overall percentage change in the All Items CPI which is accounted for by any given category.  It can be estimated for any category in the CPI (e.g. the twelve COICOP 2-digit divisions) and for any period of time.

Data Required:

  1. Base weight for the category for which you wish to estimate the contribution.
  2. Current index for the category in question (same base period).
  3. Previous index for the category in question (same base period).
  4. All Items CPI for the previous period in question (i.e. the start period).

Example:

To estimate the contribution of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (COICOP 01) to the overall annual percentage change in the CPI up to July 2006 you would need the following data

 

1 Base weight for COICOP 01 (base:December 2001=100) 14.092%
2 Current Index (i.e. July 2006) for COICOP 01 103.7
3 Previous Index (i.e. July 2005) for COICOP 01 102.1
4 All Items CPI for the previous period (i.e. July 2005) 111.3

                        

Steps in the calculation

Step 1 Multiply the base weight by the current index 14.092 x 103.7
  Equals (1) 1461.3404
Step 2 Multiply the base weight by the previous index 14.092 x 102.1
  Equals (2)  1438.7932
Step 3 Subtract figure (2) from figure (1) 1461.3404 - 1438.7932
  Equals (3) 22.5472
Step 4 Divide figure (3) by the All Items CPI for the previous period 22.5472 / 111.3
  Equals Contribution 0.20

                                                                                                                                              

Therefore your estimated contribution of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages to the percentage change in the CPI for the year to July 2006 is 0.20.  The actual published figure was 0.19.  The difference is due to the fact that actual published contributions are calculated using data to more decimal places.

It is more complicated to estimate contributions where more than one base period is involved, as the base weights will have changed (e.g. to estimate a contribution for the period January 2000 to January 2005 involves the November 1996=100 base and the December 2001=100 base).  For assistance in this regard please contact the CPI section.

Data Dissemination on www.cso.ie

The CSO website (www.cso.ie) now holds a range of CPI data.  Within the Consumer Prices section of the website (accessed via the ‘Prices’ link on the homepage), a range of principle statistics are held including overall annual percentage changes from 1977 to date, All Items CPI annual figures from 1996 to date and COICOP division monthly and annual figures from 2002 to date.

Further data can be accessed at www.cso.ie by clicking on ‘Databases’ and ‘Statbank CSO Main Data Dissemination Service’.  The subject area is ‘Economy’, ‘Prices’, ‘Consumer Prices’ and ‘Consumer Prices - Annual Series’ or ‘Consumer Prices - Monthly Series’.  The website is updated each month at 11am on the CPI publication day.

The Database Direct for the CPI contains monthly and annual index numbers and percentage changes for the following categories and time periods:

 

Category  Period
All Items CPI  1975 to date
12 COICOP Divisions  1975 to date

Special CPI Subindices (CPI excluding Tobacco, Energy Products, etc)

1982 to date
Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) 1997 to date

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

In addition, the following data can also be accessed within Database Direct.

  • Monthly index numbers and annual percentage changes for the Constant Tax Price Index from January 1997 to December 2006.
  • National average prices for selected CPI goods and services from January 1997 to date.
  • All Items CPI numbers for various base periods from 1922 to date.
  • Detailed sub-indices are available from 2003 to date. 

Any queries relating to the usage of the web dissemination database for CPI data should be directed to cpi@cso.ie

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