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.
Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, August 2013
|Commodity group ||August 2012 – |
August 2013, %
|July 2013 – |
August 2013, %
|TOTAL ||2.9 ||0.0 |
|Food and non-alcoholic beverages ||4.2 ||-1.4 |
|Alcoholic beverages and tobacco ||5.4 ||-0.7 |
|Clothing and footwear ||4.8 ||2.4 |
|Housing ||8.2 ||1.3 |
|Household goods ||0.4 ||0.1 |
|Health ||7.1 ||-0.4 |
|Transport ||-3.5 ||0.6 |
|Communications ||-11.5 ||-1.9 |
|Recreation and culture ||2.7 ||0.6 |
|Education ||2.8 ||0.2 |
|Hotels, cafés and restaurants ||7.7 ||-0.6 |
|Miscellaneous goods and services ||2.7 ||0.7 |
For further information:
Head of Price and Wages Statistics Department
Tel: +372 625 9240