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Press Statement


30 September 2022

Flash Estimate for the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices September 2022

Prices in Ireland estimated to have risen by 8.6% in the year to September 2022
  • The EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for Ireland is estimated to have increased by 8.6% in the year to September 2022; this compares to an annual increase of 10.0% in the Eurozone
  • This compares with HICP inflation of 9.0% in Ireland in the 12 months to August 2022 and an annual increase of 9.1% in the HICP for the Eurozone in the same period
  • Annual estimates of inflation for three of the 19 Eurozone countries published today were lower than the estimate of 8.6% for Ireland while 15 countries had a higher rate
  • Estonia had the highest estimated rate of annual inflation in September 2022 at 24.2% while France had the lowest at 6.2%
  • Looking at the components of the flash HICP for Ireland in September 2022, energy prices are estimated to have remained the same in the month but up by 38.0% since September 2021

Eurostat has today (30 September 2022) published flash estimates of inflation from the EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the Eurozone for September 2022, including estimates for Ireland which have been compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Commenting on the data published today, Anthony Dawson, Statistician in the Prices Division, said: “The latest flash estimate of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), compiled by the CSO, indicates that prices for consumer goods and services in Ireland are estimated to have increased by 8.6% in the past 12 months. The corresponding rate for the Eurozone published by Eurostat today was 10.0%. These flash estimates are subject to revision when the final HICP results are published next month (See Editor’s Note below).

Three of the 19 Eurozone countries had a lower annual increase than the estimate of 8.6% for Ireland while 15 countries had higher rates. Estonia had the highest estimated annual inflation at 24.2% while France had the lowest at 6.2%.

Looking at the components of the flash HICP in Ireland for September 2022, Energy prices are estimated to be unchanged in the month but up 38.0% since September 2021. For the Eurozone overall, energy prices were up 3.0% in the month and up by 40.8% on an annual basis."

Editor's Note:

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the official measure of inflation for Ireland and is published monthly by the CSO. The CPI release for September 2022 will be published on 13 October 2022 and the final results of the HICP for Ireland for September 2022 will be published as part of the CPI release. The HICP is an index of consumer prices that has been harmonised to allow comparisons across Eurozone countries. While the final HICP results for the Eurozone are usually published by Eurostat around the middle of the month following the reference month, flash estimates are issued around the end of each reference month.

This is the link to the September 2022 Eurozone flash HICP estimates published by Eurostat this morning

The flash estimates of HICP have been published for some countries within the Eurozone by Eurostat each month since January 2019. Ireland has been included in the publication of the country breakdowns of the flash estimates process since November 2019.

Eurostat are expected to publish final HICP results for the Eurozone for September 2022 at 10am on 19 October 2022.

Please note that these flash HICP estimates are subject to revision when the final results are published. For 20 of the 34 months since November 2019 when the CSO’s flash estimate has been published by Eurostat, there was no difference between Ireland’s flash estimate and final result of the HICP. There was a difference of 0.1 percentage points for 12 of the months while one month in 2020 had a difference of 0.2 percentage points and another had a difference of 0.3 percentage points.

For further information contact:

Anthony Dawson (+353) 21 453 5521

or email

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