Annual change of consumer price index was mainly influenced by housing in November

news release no 154

According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the consumer price index was 0.1% in November 2011 compared to October and 4.2% compared to November of the previous year.

Goods were 4.2% and services 4.1% more expensive compared to November 2010.

Regulated prices of goods and services have risen by 7.3% and non-regulated prices by 3.1% compared to November of the previous year.

Compared to November of the previous year, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by housing expenditures, which gave over a third of the total increase. The main reason for this was 8.6% more expensive electricity, heat energy and heating compared to the period a year ago. 4.3% more expensive food and non-alcoholic beverages gave a quarter of the total increase of the index, and 13.4% more expensive motor fuel gave a sixth of the total increase of the index compared to November of the previous year. Compared to the same period a year ago, the postal services (52%), sugar (42%), coffee (32%) and heating oil (31%) have increased the most. In November this year fresh vegetables were 21% cheaper than in the previous year.

In November compared to October, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by the 0.7% price increase of food, of which over a half gave the seasonal increase in the prices of fresh vegetables (10.3%) and nearly 40% the price increase of meat products (1.8%). Compared to October, the cucumbers were two times more expensive, the grapes 46% and tomatoes 20% more expensive. Onions were 23% and mandarins 21% cheaper.

Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, November 2011
Commodity group        November 2010 –
November 2011, %
October 2011 –
November 2011, %
TOTAL 4.2 0.1
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 4.3 0.6
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco 4.7 0.2
Clothing and footwear 4.8 0.5
Housing 7.9 -0.1
Household goods 2.3 0.6
Health 1.3 -0.1
Transport 5.5 -0.3
Communications -6.2 0.3
Recreation and culture 0.3 -1.1
Education 2.0 0.1
Hotels, cafés and restaurants 8.5 0.1
Miscellaneous goods and services 3.6 0.5

For further information:

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