Consumer price index increased in November

news release no 159

According to Statistics Estonia, the consumer price index increased 5.3% in November 2010 compared to November of the previous year and 0.3% compared to October this year.

Goods were 6.5% and services 3.2% more expensive compared to November of the previous year. Food products were 10.4% and manufactured goods 2.8% more expensive.

Regulated prices of goods and services have risen by 8.1% and non-regulated prices by 4.4% compared to November of the previous year.

Compared to November of the previous year, the index was mainly influenced by the 11.6% price increase of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which gave over a half of the total rise of the index and, of which, in turn, the 19.7% price increase of dairy products and 40.6% price increase of vegetables accounted for more than a half. The 10% price increase of electricity, heat energy and fuels as a whole, which gave almost a fifth of the total change, also had a bigger impact on the index. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the prices of fresh vegetables (74.9%), apples (46.5%), milk (39%), coffee (33%) and butter (30.4%) have gained the most, but the prices of photographic goods and TV-sets, for example, have decreased (20.8% and 11%, respectively).

In November compared to October, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by the 2.2% price increase of food and non-alcoholic beverages and by the 6.8% price decrease of mobile telecommunication services. The 4.5% price increase of cereals and 10.2% price increase of fruits gave two thirds of the impact of food on the index. Compared to the previous month, the price of fresh cucumber has gained the most (57.8%), followed by grapes (55.3%), white bread (18.3%) and bananas (16.9%). The prices of lemon (19.1%) and paprika (13.8%) have decreased the most.

Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, November 2010
Commodity group November 2009 –
November 2010, %
October 2010 –
November 2010, %
TOTAL 5.3 0.3
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 11.6 2.2
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco 6.8 -0.3
Clothing and footwear 2.6 0.3
Housing 6.0 0.4
Household goods -1.7 0.2
Health 0.6 -0.4
Transport 4.4 0.3
Communications 2.3 -4.0
Recreation and culture 1.4 -1.5
Education 2.3 0.0
Hotels, cafés and restaurants 0.3 -0.1
Miscellaneous goods and services 0.8 0.3

For further information:

Viktoria Trasanov
Head of Price and Wages Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel: +372 625 9240