The consumer price index increased in 2011

news release no 5

According to Statistics Estonia, the consumer price index increased 5.0% in 2011 compared to the average of 2010. The change in the consumer price index was mainly influenced by food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The annual change of the consumer price index was mainly influenced by the 9.7% price increase of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which gave two fifths of the total increase. Also by the 6.2% price increase of electricity, heat energy and heating, and the 12.2% price increase of motor fuel, which both added another fifth to the total increase.

In 2011 compared to the average of the previous year, coffee was 45% and sugar 43% more expensive. In spite of the price decreases at the end of the year, potatoes remained 34% more expensive than in 2010. But eggs were 9.4% cheaper.

Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, 2011
Commodity group 2010–2011,
%
TOTAL 5.0
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 9.7
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco 6.3
Clothing and footwear 3.5
Housing 5.9
Household goods 0.7
Health 0.4
Transport 5.1
Communications -4.2
Recreation and culture 0.7
Education 2.2
Hotels, cafés and restaurants 6.0
Miscellaneous goods and services 2.8

For further information:

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