Consumer Price Index
To measure the change in the level of prices of consumer good and services.
EU HICP Regulations 2494/95, 1749/96, 2214/96,1687/98, 2646/98,1617/99, 1749/99, 2166/99, 2601/00, 2602/00, 1920/01, 1921/01. No national regulations but required as a main economic indicator.
Monthly. All field price collection takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Some of the special inquiries are conducted on a rotating basis, with some collected quarterly or yearly.
All retailers and suppliers of services
No direct sampling frame. Town sample based on Census of Population. Outlets selected directly by pricers. For Special Inquiries district telephone directories are used to select samples.
A total of over 50,000 price quotations are collected by pricers in direct field price collection. A further 3,000 to 4,000 are collected on a monthly basis in special postal and telephone inquiries.
Principal Variables Collected:
Price, Quantity, Description, Book Number, Shop Code, Comparability Code, Item Code.
Principal External Users:
Department of Taoiseach, Finance, Central Bank, Media, Commentators, National Accounts, Retail Sales, Eurostat, General Public.
Business Area Specialists:
Mary O Connell
The business specialists above can be contacted by e-mail using their email@example.com