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Date Last Updated: 08-09-2022

Survey Name:

Consumer Price Index

Survey purpose:

To measure the change in the average level of prices of consumer goods and services.

Legislative Basis National:

S.I. No. 313/2017 - Statistics (Consumer Price Survey) Order 2017

Legislative Basis European:

Regulation (EU) 2016/792 on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP)



Statistical Population:

All retail outlets and service providers.

Sampling Frame:

Representative retail outlets and service providers in representative locations throughout the country are selected.

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:

1922 to 2022

Base Period:


Sector Coverage:

Not Applicable

Survey Size:

Each month, approximately 50,000 price quotations are collected directly. Another approximately 3,000 prices are collected centrally by the CSO on a monthly basis.

Principal Variables:

Consumer Price Index and Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices

Principal External Users:

Department of Finance, Central Bank of Ireland, European Central Bank (ECB); National Accounts; Eurostat; economic analysts; researchers; media commentators and the general public.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Anthony Dawson

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Ann Ross, Maeve Ahern

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000