The annual change of the consumer price index in August was mainly influenced by housing expenditures
According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the consumer price index was 0.0% in August 2013 compared to July and 2.9% compared to August of the previous year.
Goods were 2.3% and services 4.1% more expensive compared to August 2012.
Regulated prices of goods and services have stayed on the same level and non-regulated prices have risen by 3.9% compared to August of the previous year.
Compared to August 2012, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by housing expenditures and food, of which the first one gave nearly a half of the total increase and the second one over a third. The electricity that arrived at homes – which was 28.4% more expensive than a year before – accounted for 80% of the impact of housing expenditures. 5% more expensive meat and meat products gave a quarter, 11.6% more expensive vegetables a fifth and 12% more expensive fruit a sixth of the impact of food on the index. In August 2013, motor fuel was 4.7% cheaper than the year earlier.
The annual change of the consumer price index was last below 3% in August 2010, when it was also 2.9%.
In August compared to July, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by the 16% price decrease of vegetables, 2.9% price increase of heat energy, termination of sales of clothing and 15.8% price increase of plane tickets. Onions were 30% more expensive than in July and paprika 56% cheaper.
|Commodity group||August 2012 – |
August 2013, %
|July 2013 – |
August 2013, %
|Food and non-alcoholic beverages||4.2||-1.4|
|Alcoholic beverages and tobacco||5.4||-0.7|
|Clothing and footwear||4.8||2.4|
|Recreation and culture||2.7||0.6|
|Hotels, cafés and restaurants||7.7||-0.6|
|Miscellaneous goods and services||2.7||0.7|
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