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Consumer Price Index

March 2019

CPI and HICP
 CPI HICP
 % monthly change % annual change % monthly change % annual change
Nov 2018-0.5 0.6 -0.4 0.8
Dec 20180.0 0.7 -0.1 0.8
Jan 2019-0.7 0.7 -0.7 0.8
Feb 20190.8 0.6 0.8 0.7
Mar 20190.8 1.1 0.8 1.1

Prices rise by 1.1% in the year to March 2019

Figure 1: CPI/HICP - ALL ITEMS Annual Percentage Change
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Prices on average, as measured by the CPI, were 1.1% higher in March compared with March 2018.

The most notable changes in the year were increases in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+4.3%), Restaurants & Hotels (+3.6%), Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+3.1%) and Education (+1.7%).  There were decreases in Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-3.2%), Communications (-2.9%), Clothing & Footwear (-1.7%) and Miscellaneous Goods & Services (-1.0%).

Consumer Prices in March, as measured by the CPI, increased by 0.8% in the month.  During March of last year, prices rose by 0.3% in the month.  The most significant monthly price changes were increases in Transport (+3.2%), Clothing & Footwear (+1.6%) and Restaurants & Hotels (+0.8%).  There were decreases in Communications (-1.1%) and Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-0.4%). 

Contributions to the overall CPI – annual change

Table 17 shows the contribution of each 2-digit COICOP1 division to the overall change in the CPI.  A detailed breakdown of the individual components of each of the 12 COICOP divisions is presented in Tables 4 to 15.

The divisions which caused the largest upward contribution to the CPI in the year were Restaurants & Hotels (+0.66%), Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+0.61%) and Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+0.17%).

The divisions which caused the largest downward contribution to the CPI in the year were Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-0.15%), Miscellaneous Goods & Services (-0.11%) and Communications (-0.09%).

The main factors contributing to the annual change were as follows:

  • Restaurants & Hotels increased mainly due to higher prices for alcoholic drinks and food consumed in licensed premises, restaurants, cafes etc. and an increase in the cost of hotel accommodation.
  • Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels rose primarily due to higher rents and mortgage interest repayments in addition to an increase in the price of gas, electricity and home heating oil.
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco increased mainly due to higher prices for tobacco products.
  • Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance decreased primarily due to the reduced cost of furniture & furnishings, non-durable household goods and household textiles.
  • Miscellaneous Goods & Services fell mainly due to lower motor insurance premiums and a reduction in prices for appliances, articles & products for personal care and other personal effects. This reduction was partially offset by higher prices for hairdressing salons & personal grooming establishments.
  • Communications decreased due to a reduction in the cost of telephone & telefax equipment.

Contributions to the overall CPI – monthly change

The divisions which caused the largest upward contribution to the CPI in the month were Transport (+0.45%), Restaurants & Hotels (+0.16%) and Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+0.10%).  The divisions which caused the largest downward contribution in the month were Communications (-0.03%) and Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-0.02%). 

The main factors contributing to the monthly change were as follows:

  • Transport increased primarily due to an increase in air fares and higher prices for diesel, petrol and motor cars.
  • Restaurants & Hotels rose due to an increase in the cost of hotel accommodation and higher prices for alcoholic drinks and food consumed in licensed premises, restaurants, cafes etc.
  • Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels increased primarily due to higher rents and a rise in the price of home heating oil and electricity.
  • Communications decreased due to a reduction in the cost of telephone & telefax equipment.
  • Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance fell primarily due to the reduced cost of non-durable household goods.

CPI sub-indices

The sub index for Services rose by 2.2% in the year to March, while Goods decreased by 0.5%.  Services, excluding mortgage interest repayments, increased by 2.2% in the year since March 2018.

The CPI excluding tobacco increased by 0.8% in the month of March and rose by 1.0% in the year.  The CPI excluding mortgage interest increased by 0.8% in the month and rose by 1.0% in the year.

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices

Prices on average, as measured by the EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), increased by 1.1% compared with March 2018.

The most notable changes in the year were increases in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+4.9%), Restaurants & Hotels (+3.6%), Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (+3.1%) and Education (+1.7%).  There were decreases in Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-3.1%), Communications (-2.8%) and Clothing & Footwear (-1.6%).

The HICP increased by 0.8% in the month.  This compares to an increase of 0.4% recorded in March of last year.

The most significant monthly price changes were increases in Transport (+3.3%), Clothing & Footwear (+1.7%) and Restaurants & Hotels (+0.8%).  There were decreases in Communications (-1.0%) and Furnishings, Household Equipment & Routine Household Maintenance (-0.3%).

1 Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000).

 

 

Contributions to changeannual % change
Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages-0.6
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco3.1
Clothing & Footwear-1.7
Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, etc.4.3
Furnishings, Household Equipment, etc.-3.2
Health0.8
Transport0.4
Communications-2.9
Recreation & Culture-0.1
Education1.7
Restaurants & Hotels3.6
Miscellaneous Goods & Services-1
ALL ITEMS1.1
Table 1 Consumer Price Index (All Items)
PeriodConsumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Dec. 2016=100 Dec. 2011=100 1 month 3 months 12 months
2012Year99.9 101.1     1.7
2013Year100.4 101.6     0.5
2014Year100.6 101.8     0.2
2015Year100.3 101.5     -0.3
2016Year100.3 101.5     0.0
2017Year100.7 101.9     0.4
2018Year101.2 102.4     0.5
           
2016January99.2 100.4 -0.8 -1.2 0.1
 February99.6 100.8 0.4 -0.5 -0.1
 March100.0 101.2 0.4 0.0 -0.3
 April100.2 101.4 0.2 1.0 -0.1
 May100.7 101.9 0.5 1.1 0.0
 June101.4 102.6 0.7 1.4 0.4
 July101.2 102.4 -0.2 1.0 0.5
 August101.0 102.2 -0.2 0.3 -0.1
 September100.6 101.8 -0.4 -0.8 0.0
 October100.1 101.3 -0.5 -1.1 -0.3
 November100.0 101.2 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
 December100.0 101.2 0.0 -0.6 0.0
           
2017January99.5 100.7 -0.5 -0.6 0.3
 February100.1 101.3 0.6 0.1 0.5
 March100.7 101.9 0.6 0.7 0.7
 April101.1 102.3 0.4 1.6 0.9
 May100.9 102.1 -0.2 0.8 0.2
 June101.0 102.2 0.1 0.3 -0.4
 July101.0 102.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2
 August101.4 102.7 0.4 0.5 0.4
 September100.8 102.0 -0.6 -0.2 0.2
 October100.7 101.9 -0.1 -0.3 0.6
 November100.5 101.7 -0.2 -0.9 0.5
 December100.4 101.6 -0.1 -0.4 0.4
           
2018January99.7 100.9 -0.7 -1.0 0.2
 February100.6 101.8 0.9 0.1 0.5
 March100.9 102.1 0.3 0.5 0.2
 April100.7 101.9 -0.2 1.0 -0.4
 May101.3 102.5 0.6 0.7 0.4
 June101.4 102.6 0.1 0.5 0.4
 July101.8 103.0 0.4 1.1 0.8
 August102.1 103.3 0.3 0.8 0.7
 September101.7 102.9 -0.4 0.3 0.9
 October101.6 102.8 -0.1 -0.2 0.9
 November101.1 102.4 -0.5 -1.0 0.6
 December101.1 102.3 0.0 -0.6 0.7
           
2019January100.4 101.6 -0.7 -1.2 0.7
 February101.2 102.4 0.8 0.1 0.6
 March102.0 103.2 0.8 0.9 1.1
Table 2 Consumer Price Index Subindices - March 2019
Subindices  Consumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Weights         
2019 Dec. 2016=100Dec. 2011=100 1 month 3 months 12 months
CPI excluding Tobacco96.887 101.7102.2 0.8 1.0 1.0
CPI excluding Housing89.283 101.1102.6 0.8 0.9 0.7
CPI excluding Mortgage Interest97.347 102.0105.7 0.8 0.9 1.0
CPI excluding Mortgage Interest and Local Property Tax96.860 102.0105.4 0.8 0.9 1.0
CPI excluding Energy Products91.804 101.5103.6 0.7 1.1 0.9
CPI excluding Energy and Unprocessed Food86.458 101.7104.3 0.7 1.2 0.9
Notes: CPI excluding Housing excludes rents, mortgage interest, maintenance & repair of the dwelling, refuse collection, sewage collection and
           insurance connected with the dwelling.
           CPI excluding Energy Products excludes fuels & lubricants for personal transport equipment and electricity, gas & other fuels.
           CPI excluding Energy and Unprocessed Food excludes fuels & lubricants for personal transport equipment, electricity, gas & other fuels, meat,
           vegetables, fruit and fish.
Table 3 Consumer Price COICOP Division Indices - March 2019
COICOP Division  Consumer Price Index (CPI) Percentage changes
Weights         
2019 Dec. 2016=100Dec. 2011=100 1 month 3 months 12 months
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages10.826 97.491.7 0.4 0.3 -0.6
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco5.798 106.3121.3 -0.2 2.4 3.1
03Clothing and Footwear4.734 94.080.7 1.6 -1.8 -1.7
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels14.472 109.4109.7 0.6 0.9 4.3
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance4.868 91.277.6 -0.4 -1.8 -3.2
06Health3.247 101.8104.6 0.1 0.3 0.8
07Transport14.486 103.698.8 3.2 1.7 0.4
08Communications2.959 97.989.5 -1.1 -0.7 -2.9
09Recreation and Culture7.617 98.894.8 0.1 1.0 -0.1
10Education1.842 103.3125.4 0.0 0.0 1.7
11Restaurants and Hotels18.383 107.1117.0 0.8 2.3 3.6
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services10.768 96.5112.1 -0.2 0.2 -1.0
 ALL ITEMS100.000 102.0103.2 0.8 0.9 1.1
 Of which:          
   Goods42.986 97.488.3 0.4 -0.3 -0.5
   Services57.014 105.5115.9 1.1 1.9 2.2
   Energy Products8.196 107.999.9 1.7 -1.3 3.8
   Utilities and Local Charges3.074 109.2121.6 0.8 1.2 4.2
   Alcohol9.890 103.7112.4 -0.5 1.2 2.0
   Tobacco3.113 114.1146.5 1.1 1.2 6.6
   Mortgage Interest2.653 101.563.6 0.3 1.1 2.7
   Services excluding Mortgage Interest54.361 105.7122.0 1.1 1.9 2.2
Notes: See Background Notes for definition of COICOP divisions, goods, services and utilities and local charges.
            Restaurants and Hotels (COICOP 11) includes alcoholic beverages consumed on licensed premises.
            Alcohol constitutes part of COICOP 02 (off-licence sales) and part of COICOP 11 (alcohol consumed on licensed premises) giving a combined
            index for alcohol.
Table 4 COICOP Division 01 Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
01.1 Food9.6758 97.0 0.3-0.7
   01.1.1 Bread & Cereals1.4558 96.3 0.9-0.6
                   Rice0.0610 89.6 2.1-6.3
                   Flours & other cereals0.0310 95.5 -0.1-4.2
                   Bread0.4625 99.1 0.50.7
                   Other bakery products0.4947 95.9 0.7-0.6
                   Pizza & quiche0.0923 92.2 2.2-6.1
                   Pasta products & couscous0.0712 94.9 5.2-3.4
                   Breakfast cereals0.1641 95.1 -0.71.5
                   Other cereal products0.0790 94.7 1.90.4
   01.1.2 Meat2.5127 96.0 0.3-1.5
                    Beef & veal0.4020 96.2 3.7-1.5
                    Pork0.1432 97.7 1.9-3.6
                    Lamb & goat0.1228 88.3 -0.6-4.0
                    Poultry0.5992 95.0 -0.5-1.3
                    Edible offal0.0046 101.1 0.01.1
                    Dried, salted or smoked meat0.4517 96.6 -0.5-1.8
                    Other meat preparations0.7890 97.2 -0.5-0.9
   01.1.3 Fish0.3828 92.9 -1.4-0.4
                   Fresh or chilled fish 0.1880 88.0 -2.20.5
                   Frozen fish0.0238 92.8 -0.32.8
                   Fresh or chilled seafood 0.0213 101.1 1.10.6
                   Dried, smoked or salted fish & seafood0.0361 105.4 1.0-0.3
                   Other preserved or processed fish & seafood-based preparations0.1137 95.5 -1.5-3.0
   01.1.4 Milk, cheese & eggs1.3354 97.8 -0.2-0.4
                   Fresh whole milk0.2933 100.0 0.0-0.2
                   Fresh low fat milk0.1733 100.2 0.0-0.2
                   Yoghurt0.2760 102.6 1.74.2
                   Cheese & curd 0.3000 91.7 -1.9-3.4
                   Other milk products0.1216 95.1 0.2-3.5
                   Eggs0.1712 97.1 -0.3-0.5
   01.1.5 Oils & fats0.2836 104.9 0.20.0
                   Butter0.1430 112.1 -1.1-1.1
                   Margarine & other vegetable fats0.0654 99.4 2.45.6
                   Olive oil0.0282 92.5 -0.3-3.2
                   Other edible oils0.0469 97.8 0.6-2.9
   01.1.6 Fruit0.8461 98.5 -0.4-2.0
                   Fresh or chilled fruit0.6916 99.2 0.4-1.7
                   Dried fruit & nuts0.1353 95.0 -4.1-3.6
                   Preserved fruit & fruit-based products0.0191 98.6 0.3-0.4
   01.1.7 Vegetables1.6036 98.7 -0.21.9
                   Fresh or chilled vegetables other than potatoes & other tubers0.6877 97.8 0.5-1.6
                   Frozen vegetables other than potatoes & other tubers0.0422 88.5 0.5-3.1
                   Dried vegetables, other preserved or processed vegetables0.3070 92.3 0.4-2.6
                   Potatoes0.3568 109.4 -0.616.1
                   Crisps0.1917 95.0 -1.8-2.9
   01.1.8 Sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery0.7640 95.1 1.8-2.4
                   Sugar0.0335 94.8 -0.2-6.3
                   Jams, marmalades & honey0.0781 91.3 0.7-3.5
                   Chocolate0.3655 99.0 3.8-1.1
                   Confectionery products0.1438 91.3 -0.2-3.8
                   Edible ices & ice cream0.1215 91.4 0.8-1.1
                   Artifical sugar substitutes0.0215 91.1 -2.1-8.6
   01.1.9 Food products n.e.c. 0.4919 96.4 1.2-1.3
                   Sauces & condiments0.2191 95.1 0.5-1.7
                   Salt, spices & culinary herbs0.0460 99.6 0.00.4
                   Baby food0.0327 99.0 2.11.0
                   Ready-made meals0.0895 100.4 4.1-1.0
                   Other food products n.e.c.0.1047 93.5 0.1-2.6
01.2 Non-alcoholic beverages1.1499 100.5 1.2-0.3
   01.2.1 Coffee, tea & cocoa0.2847 97.4 0.3-2.8
                   Coffee0.1480 100.4 -0.4-3.7
                   Tea0.1244 95.5 2.0-1.3
                   Cocoa & powdered chocolate0.0124 82.2 -7.1-5.5
   01.2.2 Mineral waters, soft drinks, fruit & vegetable juices0.8652 101.4 1.50.5
                   Mineral or spring waters0.2073 101.5 -1.40.5
                   Soft drinks0.3481 106.6 3.91.8
                   Fruit & vegetable juices0.3098 95.5 0.6-1.1
Total 10.8258 97.4 0.4-0.6
Table 5 COICOP Division 02 Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
02.1 Alcoholic Beverages2.6844 98.7 -1.6-0.1
   02.1.1 Spirits0.4306 104.9 -5.2-2.3
   02.1.2 Wine1.3891 92.7 -0.9-0.2
   02.1.3 Beer0.8646 104.2 -1.00.8
02.2 Tobacco3.1133 114.1 1.16.6
                   Cigarettes2.7456 113.9 1.26.7
                   Other tobacco products0.3677 116.0 0.76.6
Total5.7977 106.3 -0.23.1
Table 6 COICOP Division 03 Clothing and Footwear - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
03.1 Clothing3.9352 95.2 1.5-0.9
   03.1.2 Garments3.6239 94.9 1.5-1.0
   03.1.3 Other articles of clothing & clothing accessories0.2230 97.1 1.7-0.1
   03.1.4 Cleaning, repair & hire of clothing0.0883 102.6 0.41.3
                   Dry cleaning & laundry0.0793 102.7 0.51.3
                   Dress hire & repair of clothing0.0090 101.7 0.00.7
03.2 Footwear0.7992 88.5 2.1-4.8
   03.2.1 Shoes & other footwear0.7946 88.4 2.2-4.8
   03.2.2 Repair & hire of footwear0.0045 101.9 0.00.7
Total4.7344 94.0 1.6-1.7
Table 7 COICOP Division 04 Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
04.1/04.2 Actual rentals for housing & mortgage interest9.2400 109.9 0.44.6
   04.1.1 Actual rentals paid by tenants (Rents)6.5871 113.7 0.45.3
                   Private Rents5.6955 114.0 0.45.6
                   Local Authority Rents0.8916 112.1 1.14.3
   04.2.1 Mortgage Interest 2.6529 101.5 0.32.7
04.3 Maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.9264 105.7 1.13.1
   04.3.1 Materials for the maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.3798 104.6 0.43.4
   04.3.2 Services for the maintenance & repair of the dwelling0.5466 106.1 1.43.0
04.4 Water supply & miscellaneous services relating to the dwelling 0.3052 101.0 0.0-0.3
04.5 Electricity, gas & other fuels4.0007 109.8 1.24.6
   04.5.1 Electricity2.1030 110.0 0.83.0
   04.5.2 Gas0.6994 112.3 1.010.1
                   Natural gas0.6522 113.0 1.211.0
                   Bottled gas0.0472 103.6 -0.10.2
   04.5.3 Liquid fuels (Home Heating Oil)0.7287 112.5 3.55.5
   04.5.4 Solid fuels0.4696 102.0 0.02.0
Total14.4724 109.4 0.64.3
Table 8 COICOP Division 05 Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
05.1 Furniture & furnishings, carpets & other floor coverings1.4109 87.6 -0.2-4.7
   05.1.1 Furniture & furnishings1.3282 87.3 -0.3-4.9
   05.1.2 Carpets & other floor coverings0.0827 98.5 1.5-0.9
05.2 Household textiles0.4395 79.6 -1.2-8.8
05.3 Household appliances0.4592 92.1 -0.8-3.3
   05.3.1 Major household appliances whether electric or not0.3427 92.5 -0.8-2.7
   05.3.2 Small electric household appliances0.0853 85.8 -1.0-6.2
   05.3.3 Repair of household appliances0.0312 102.2 0.00.7
05.4 Glassware, tableware & household utensils0.2704 86.8 0.9-5.2
05.5 Tools & equipment for house & garden0.2269 94.5 -0.7-1.8
   05.5.1 Major tools & equipment0.0759 91.7 -0.8-2.8
   05.5.2 Small tools & miscellaneous accessories0.1510 96.3 -0.7-1.2
05.6 Goods & services for routine household maintenance2.0613 96.6 -0.4-0.9
   05.6.1 Non-durable household goods0.8869 84.1 -1.6-6.0
   05.6.2 Domestic services & household services1.1744 109.5 0.62.8
Total4.8683 91.2 -0.4-3.2
Table 9 COICOP Division 06 Health - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
06.1 Medical products, appliances & equipment0.9843 96.0 0.1-1.5
   06.1.1 Pharmaceutical products0.7967 95.8 0.2-0.8
                   Prescribed drugs0.4993 94.1 0.0-0.2
                   Other medicines0.2974 98.8 0.5-1.8
   06.1.2 Other medical products0.0223 99.5 0.3-0.6
   06.1.3 Therapeutic appliances & equipment0.1653 96.4 -0.1-5.1
06.2 Out-patient services2.0304 105.1 0.11.9
   06.2.1/3 Medical & paramedical services1.3591 105.4 0.01.8
                   Doctors' fees1.1776 105.6 0.01.6
                   Other medical & paramedical services0.1814 103.8 0.32.8
   06.2.2 Dental services0.6713 104.4 0.02.2
06.3 Hospital services0.2320 100.8 0.00.2
Total3.2466 101.8 0.10.8
Table 10 COICOP Division 07 Transport - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
07.1 Purchase of vehicles5.1776 99.0 0.50.6
   07.1.1 Motor cars5.0900 99.1 0.50.7
   07.1.2 Motor cycles0.0284 103.5 0.01.2
   07.1.3 Bicycles0.0592 92.7 0.0-3.0
07.2 Operation of personal transport equipment7.0370 103.9 1.41.8
   07.2.1 Spare parts & accessories for personal transport equipment0.4278 102.7 0.0-2.3
   07.2.2 Fuels & lubricants for personal transport equipment4.1956 106.0 2.02.8
                   Petrol2.1478 103.5 1.80.2
                   Diesel2.0419 108.6 2.45.5
                   Motor oil0.0060 104.3 0.00.4
   07.2.3 Maintenance & repair of personal transport equipment0.7507 101.7 0.11.2
   07.2.4 Other services in respect of personal transport equipment1.6628 100.1 0.50.1
                   Motor tax0.7070 100.0 0.00.0
                   Other vehicle costs0.9558 100.1 0.90.2
07.3 Transport services2.2716 112.4 14.7-3.4
   07.3.1 Passenger transport by railway0.2046 103.3 0.01.4
   07.3.2 Passenger transport by road0.7406 103.1 0.11.1
                   Bus fares0.5259 102.8 0.11.5
                   Taxi fares0.2147 103.7 0.00.0
   07.3.3 Passenger transport by air1.2285 120.2 26.3-5.4
   07.3.4 Passenger transport by sea & inland waterway0.0498 101.7 16.41.1
   07.3.5 Combined passenger transport0.0209 100.2 0.0-0.8
   07.3.6 Other purchased transport services0.0272 102.7 0.01.6
Total14.4862 103.6 3.20.4
Table 11 COICOP Division 08 Communications - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
08.1 Postal services0.1276 123.6 0.01.6
08.2/3.0 Telephone & telefax equipment and telephone & telefax services2.8315 96.7 -1.1-3.1
Total2.9591 97.9 -1.1-2.9
Table 12 COICOP Division 09 Recreation and Culture - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
09.1 Audio-visual, photographic & information processing equipment0.2608 72.2 -1.8-14.1
   09.1.1 Equipment for the reception, recording & reproduction of sound & pictures 0.0906 73.2 -1.3-12.2
   09.1.2 Photographic & cinematographic equipment & optical instruments0.0221 86.9 0.0-6.6
   09.1.3 Information processing equipment0.0829 52.1 -3.7-25.3
   09.1.4 Recording media0.0590 84.7 0.0-2.2
   09.1.5 Repair of audio-visual, photographic & information processing equipment0.0061 101.7 0.00.8
09.2 Other major durables for recreation & culture0.0101 91.9 0.0-3.6
09.3 Other recreational items & equipment, gardens & pets1.2710 89.9 0.6-3.9
   09.3.1 Games, toys & hobbies0.3690 84.9 -0.6-8.2
   09.3.2 Equipment for sport, camping & open-air recreation0.1324 74.9 0.0-13.2
   09.3.3 Gardens, plants & flowers0.3431 93.0 0.4-3.1
   09.3.4/5 Pets & related products including veterinary & other services for pets0.4264 100.8 1.82.3
09.4 Recreational & cultural services4.1792 103.6 0.12.2
   09.4.1 Recreational & sporting services2.3033 110.3 0.04.0
                   Sports admittance0.1512 108.0 0.03.3
                   Sports participation1.2009 113.0 0.06.5
                   Club & society subscriptions0.9272 107.0 0.00.7
   09.4.2 Cultural services1.8759 99.0 0.1-0.1
                   Cinema0.1900 107.2 -0.64.1
                   Nightclubs0.0805 105.8 3.95.4
                   Cultural admittance0.3025 92.9 0.0-4.2
                   Television services1.2360 98.6 0.00.0
                   Other entertainment0.0669 102.7 -0.10.4
09.5 Newspapers, books & stationery0.7564 104.9 0.63.0
   09.5.1 Books0.1713 102.7 -0.31.3
   09.5.2 Newspapers & periodicals0.3036 110.5 1.47.1
   09.5.3/4 Miscellaneous printed matter and stationery & drawing materials0.2816 98.2 0.0-0.2
09.6 Package holidays1.1395 99.4 -0.1-1.7
Total7.6171 98.8 0.1-0.1
Table 13 COICOP Division 10 Education - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
10.1 Pre-primary & primary education0.1184 101.0 0.00.7
10.2 Secondary education0.2615 103.6 0.01.9
10.4 Tertiary education1.2985 103.6 0.01.9
10.5 Education not definable by level0.1633 102.0 0.00.7
Total1.8417 103.3 0.01.7
Table 14 COICOP Division 11 Restaurants and Hotels - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
11.1 Catering services16.3120 106.4 0.13.9
   11.1.1 Restaurants, cafes & the like15.5211 106.6 0.14.1
                  Licenced premises8.1385 105.9 0.03.0
                      Spirits0.5220 106.3 0.13.0
                      Wine1.9944 105.1 -0.12.8
                      Beer4.6893 105.9 0.02.8
                      Soft drinks & mineral water0.9328 106.9 0.14.0
                  Restaurants, cafes, fast food & take-away food7.3826 107.5 0.35.3
   11.1.2 Canteens0.7909 102.2 0.01.4
11.2 Accommodation services2.0711 113.2 6.83.1
Total18.3831 107.1 0.83.6
Table 15 COICOP Division 12 Miscellaneous Goods and Services - March 2019
DescriptionWeights Index Percentage changes
2019 Dec. 2016=100 1 month12 months
12.1 Personal care2.4477 95.4 -0.2-0.3
   12.1.1 Hairdressing salons & personal grooming establishments0.9110 105.9 0.54.9
                     Hairdressing0.6824 107.8 0.56.1
                     Health & beauty treatments0.2286 100.2 0.40.7
   12.1.2 Electric appliances for personal care0.0318 90.2 -1.6-6.7
   12.1.3 Other appliances, articles & products for personal care1.5048 90.1 -0.7-3.2
                     Hygiene products0.3811 92.9 -2.0-1.5
                     Hair products0.1829 87.5 -2.9-4.3
                     Cosmetics & skincare products0.5860 91.2 -0.7-2.7
                     Toilet accessories0.3550 86.6 1.9-5.8
12.3 Personal effects n.e.c.0.7424 85.5 0.9-6.1
   12.3.1 Jewellery, clocks & watches0.4408 93.6 1.3-3.5
   12.3.2 Other personal effects0.3016 78.5 0.4-10.2
12.4 Social protection1.2953 103.8 0.01.5
                     Childcare1.1389 103.6 0.01.4
                     Other social protection0.1565 105.6 0.12.4
12.5 Insurance4.5668 95.5 -0.3-1.6
   12.5.2 Insurance connected with the dwelling0.3902 106.5 0.00.6
   12.5.3 Insurance connected with health3.1781 100.1 0.0-0.7
   12.5.4 Insurance connected with transport0.9985 81.7 -1.6-5.8
                  Motor insurance0.9696 81.1 -1.6-5.9
                     Motor cycle insurance0.0064 89.3 0.0-12.5
                     Motor car insurance0.9632 81.0 -1.7-5.9
                  Travel insurance0.0289 102.2 0.0-0.8
12.6 Financial services n.e.c.0.3872 99.8 0.10.5
12.7 Other services n.e.c.1.3282 102.7 0.10.1
Total10.7676 96.5 -0.2-1.0
Table 16 Consumer Price Index Goods and Services by COICOP Division - March 2019
COICOP DivisionWeights 2019 Index       Percentage changes
    Dec. 2016=100    
          
OverallGoodsServices GoodsServices GoodsServicesOverall
       12 months12 months12 months
01Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages10.82610.826- 97.4- -0.6--0.6
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco5.7985.798- 106.3- 3.1-3.1
03Clothing and Footwear4.7344.6420.093 93.9102.6 -1.61.3-1.7
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels 14.4721.62512.847 107.4109.7 3.94.44.3
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance4.8683.6531.215 86.5109.1 -5.32.7-3.2
06Health3.2470.9842.262 96.0104.6 -1.51.80.8
07Transport14.4869.8014.685 102.2106.4 1.5-1.60.4
08Communications2.9591.2231.736 62.0101.5 -23.0-0.2-2.9
09Recreation and Culture7.6172.1555.462 92.0102.9 -3.21.4-0.1
10Education1.842-1.842 -103.3 -1.71.7
11Restaurants and Hotels18.383-18.383 -107.1 -3.63.6
12Miscellaneous Goods & Services10.7682.2798.489 88.898.8 -4.2-0.2-1.0
ALL ITEMS100.00042.98657.014 97.4105.5 -0.52.21.1
Table 17 Contributions to the change in the All Items CPI - March 2019
COICOP DivisionPercentage contributions
1 month 3 months 12 months
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages0.04 0.03 -0.07
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco-0.01 0.14 0.17
03Clothing and Footwear0.07 -0.08 -0.08
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels0.10 0.15 0.61
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance-0.02 -0.09 -0.15
06Health0.00 0.01 0.02
07Transport0.45 0.25 0.06
08Communications-0.03 -0.02 -0.09
09Recreation and Culture0.01 0.08 -0.01
10Education0.00 0.00 0.04
11Restaurants and Hotels0.16 0.42 0.66
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services-0.01 0.02 -0.11
 All Items % change0.8 0.9 1.1 
 Goods0.18 -0.16 -0.22
 Services0.58 1.07 1.28
 Energy Products0.13 -0.11 0.30
 Tobacco0.04 0.04 0.17
 Mortgage Interest0.01 0.03 0.07
Notes: For the percentage contributions, the sum of the 2-digit COICOP divisions may not equal the All Items %
           change due to rounding differences.
Table 18 EU Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) - Ireland
Period HICP 2015=100 Percentage changes
 Monthly indexMoving 12-month average index 1 month12 monthsMoving 12-month average
2016January98.7100.0 -0.90.00.0
 February99.1100.0 0.4-0.20.0
 March99.499.9 0.3-0.60.0
 April99.799.9 0.3-0.20.0
 May100.299.9 0.5-0.20.0
 June100.999.9 0.70.1-0.1
 July100.699.9 -0.30.1-0.1
 August100.499.9 -0.2-0.4-0.1
 September100.099.9 -0.4-0.3-0.1
 October99.699.8 -0.4-0.4-0.2
 November99.599.8 -0.1-0.2-0.2
 December99.499.8 -0.1-0.2-0.2
        
2017January98.999.8 -0.50.2-0.2
 February99.499.8 0.50.3-0.2
 March100.099.9 0.60.6-0.1
 April100.499.9 0.40.70.0
 May100.299.9 -0.20.00.0
 June100.399.9 0.1-0.60.0
 July100.499.9 0.1-0.20.0
 August100.899.9 0.40.40.0
 September100.299.9 -0.60.20.1
 October100.1100.0 -0.10.50.1
 November100.0100.0 -0.10.50.2
 December99.9100.1 -0.10.50.3
        
2018January99.2100.1 -0.70.30.3
 February100.1100.1 0.90.70.3
 March100.5100.2 0.40.50.3
 April100.3100.2 -0.2-0.10.2
 May100.9100.2 0.60.70.3
 June101.0100.3 0.10.70.4
 July101.4100.4 0.41.00.5
 August101.7100.4 0.30.90.5
 September101.4100.5 -0.31.20.6
 October101.2100.6 -0.21.10.7
 November100.8100.7 -0.40.80.7
 December100.7100.8 -0.10.80.7
        
2019January100.0100.8 -0.70.80.8
 February100.8100.9 0.80.70.8
 March101.6101.0 0.81.10.8
Table 19 EU Harmonised Consumer Price COICOP Division Indices - March 2019 Ireland
COICOP DivisionHICP Percentage changes Percentage contributions
Year 2015=100 1 month 12 months 1 month 12 months
01Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages94.5 0.4 -0.6 0.04 -0.07
02Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco107.1 -0.2 3.1 -0.01 0.18
03Clothing and Footwear91.8 1.7 -1.6 0.08 -0.08
04Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels114.5 0.7 4.9 0.08 0.54
05Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance86.7 -0.3 -3.1 -0.02 -0.16
06Health102.2 0.0 0.4 0.00 0.03
07Transport100.1 3.3 0.4 0.48 0.07
08Communications95.7 -1.0 -2.8 -0.03 -0.09
09Recreation and Culture96.4 0.1 0.0 0.01 -0.01
10Education108.1 0.0 1.7 0.00 0.04
11Restaurants and Hotels109.0 0.8 3.6 0.17 0.70
12Miscellaneous Goods and Services95.8 0.0 -0.6 0.00 -0.05
All Items HICP101.6 0.8 1.1 0.8 1.1 
Notes: For the percentage contributions, the sum of the 2-digit COICOP divisions may not equal the All Items HICP due to rounding differences.

Background Notes

Consumer Price Index

Definition

The Consumer Price Index is designed to measure the change in the average level of prices (inclusive of all indirect taxes) paid for consumer goods and services by all private and institutional households in the country and by foreign tourists holidaying in Ireland.

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Approximately 51,000 prices are collected for a representative basket consisting of 615 item headings in a fixed panel of retail and service outlets throughout the country during the week containing the second Tuesday of each month up to and including the third Tuesday of each month.

Scope of the Index

  1. Population Coverage: All private and institutional households in the State and the expenditure of foreign tourists within Ireland.  It does not include the expenditure of other non-private households.    Expenditure which occurs abroad by Irish residents is also excluded.  In statistical terms coverage is referred to as the domestic concept.
  2. Geographic Coverage: Covers the whole of the Republic of Ireland.  Pricing takes place in 84 locations (cities and towns) throughout the country.  These sampling points are located in Dublin city and county, the four regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, approx. 80% of towns with a population of 10,000 and over, approx. 70% of towns between 5,000 and 9,999 and a smaller proportion below this threshold.  The results are weighted to represent the distribution of the population and its related consumer expenditure.
  3. Item Coverage: All goods and services bought by the reference population for the purposes of consumption are included in the index.  Expenditure on capital assets and investments, gambling and certain other activities are however excluded.  There are 615 item headings and 12 division headings based on the COICOP classification.  With each rebase the coverage of goods and services is reviewed to ensure that it continues to be representative of consumer tastes and purchasing practices.

Price Collection   

Personal visits are made to retail outlets by some 80 price collectors on a monthly basis.  Approximately 48,000 price quotations are gathered in this way.  In addition, 137 special inquiries covering items such as utility charges and services are conducted by post, telephone and e-mail in conjunction with internet price collection.  Most prices are collected monthly, some quarterly and others annually.  The CSO supplies general specifications to price collectors and price collectors are free initially to select a brand and in certain cases, size.  This allows for a wide variety of different brands of the same item to be priced throughout the country.  Once selected, the same item/brand is priced on a monthly basis in order to ensure matched price quotations.  If an item disappears, substitution can occur but that price is excluded until matched prices are available for the same comparable item for two consecutive months.  The CSO wishes to put on record its appreciation of the co-operation and assistance it receives from retail outlets and other business concerns.

Classification

The classification used in the CPI is based on a version of the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000) (COICOP).  This replaced the former national classification which was used up to December 2001.  The COICOP classification breaks consumer expenditure into twelve different divisions covering a comprehensive range of consumer goods and services.

Annual Update of CPI Weights

Since 2012 the weights of the items in the basket have been updated annually at CPI COICOP class (4-digit) level using information on consumer expenditure from National Accounts Household Final Monetary Consumption Expenditure (HFMCE). Additionally at the 2016 rebase, a more granular level update of the weights (5-digit) was possible using information from the latest Household Budget Survey (HBS) which was carried out between February 2015 and February 2016.

CPI Item Weights

The CPI measures in index form the monthly changes in the cost of purchasing a fixed representative ‘basket’ of consumer goods and services (i.e. Laspeyres formula).  Identical items are priced in the same outlet on each occasion so that changes in the cost of this constant basket reflect only pure price changes. The current basket of goods and services consists of 615 representative items which were predominantly selected as part of the December 2016 rebase.  The representative share of each item in the basket is proportional to the average amount purchased by all households in the State and foreign tourists in Ireland based primarily on the 2015/2016 Household Budget Survey (HBS) and estimates of expenditure by foreign tourists across a range of consumer goods and services.  

Methodological Details

A full methodological description of the new series is available in the CPI - Introduction of Updated Series (Base December 2016=100) (PDF 1,524KB) which is published on the CSO website. 

Rebase

The index has been rebased with effect from December 2016.

The rebase of the current CPI resulted in a number of methodological changes:

  • Updating the expenditure weights;
  • A revision of the sample of goods and services;
  • Improved methods of price collection

Goods and Services

Goods

Goods are defined as non service items usually purchased and transportable from a retail outlet.

Services

Services include the following: rents, mortgage interest, services for the maintenance & repair of the dwelling, water supply & miscellaneous services relating to the dwelling, electricity, gas, repair of household appliances, tool hire, domestic services & household services, out-patient services, hospital services, maintenance/repair and other services in respect of personal transport equipment, transport services, postal services, telephone services, repair of audio-visual, photographic & information processing equipment, veterinary & other services for pets, recreational & cultural services, package holidays, education, catering services, accommodation services, hairdressing salons & personal grooming establishments, social protection, insurance, financial services n.e.c. and other services n.e.c.

Utilities and Local Charges

Includes electricity, natural gas, refuse collection, sewage collection, water supply and telephone services – landline.

Mortgage Interest and the Local Property Tax in the CPI

Mortgage interest was first included in the CPI at the November 1975 rebase. The use of mortgage interest in the CPI reflects a user-cost approach to measuring owner-occupied housing.  This approach has involved measuring changes in average mortgage interest costs over time.  The household charge was introduced to the CPI in April 2012 and subsequently became the local property tax in July 2013. The local property tax is included in the basket under the item 'miscellaneous goods and services', which is part of COICOP 12.7.0.  The inclusion of the local property tax is consistent with the user-cost approach utilised for owner-occupied housing.  In the interest of transparency, an index excluding both mortgage interest and the local property tax is provided in Table 2 of the release to allow for their impact in the CPI to be seen.

Mortgage interest and the local property tax are excluded from the HICP.   

Water supply and sewage collection charges

Water supply and sewage collection charges were introduced in Ireland on 1 January 2015.  The coverage of the CPI/HICP is defined as those goods and services purchased by households for the purposes of consumption.  This definition required the incorporation of the new charges into the CPI/HICP.  Water supply and sewage collection charges are a component of group 04.4 Water supply & miscellaneous services relating to the dwelling of the COICOP consumption classification.  Water supply and sewage collection charges were suspended from 1st July 2016. 

For a full discussion on the rationale and methodology for introducing water supply and sewage collection charges into the CPI/HICP, see the relevant CPI Technical Paper Introduction of Water Supply and Sewage Collection (PDF 593KB) .

Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices

Introduction

The European Union-Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (EU-HICP) is calculated in each Member State of the EU.  The purpose of this index is to allow the comparison of consumer price trends in the different Member States.

Comparison with CPI

The methodology now adopted for the construction of the national CPI is identical to that recommended for the HICP.  Thus the two indices only differ in respect of the coverage of certain goods and services and the treatment of insurance.  The current EU reference base period (Year 2005=100) is however retained for ease of comparison with other EU countries.

Excluded Items

The following items, constituting approximately 6.2% of the Irish CPI expenditure weighting, are excluded from the HICP:

  • mortgage interest
  • building materials
  • motor car tax
  • motor cycle tax
  • motor car insurance (non-service)
  • contents insurance (non-service)
  • dwelling insurance
  • union subscriptions
  • local property tax 

Annual Update of HICP Weights

Since 2012 the weights of the items in the basket have been updated annually at HICP COICOP class (4-digit) level using information on consumer expenditure from National Accounts Household Final Monetary Consumption Expenditure (HFMCE). Additionally at the 2016 rebase, a more granular level update of the weights (5-digit) was possible using information from the latest Household Budget Survey (HBS) which was carried out between February 2015 and February 2016.

Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP)

Euro area inflation is measured by the MUICP (‘Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices’ as defined in Council Regulation (EC) No 2494/95 of 23 October 1995) which is the official euro area aggregate.  The MUICP is calculated as a weighted average of HICPs of the 18 countries in the euro area.  Country weights are computed every year reflecting the country’s share of the household final monetary consumption expenditure in the euro area total.

Classification System

The coverage of the indices is based on the international classification system, Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose Adapted to the Needs of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (2000) (COICOP).

COICOP

Prior to the introduction of the December 2001 based series in January 2002 the CPI used a national classification while the EU Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) used COICOP.  To ensure greater comparability CPI and the HICP have both used the COICOP since December 2001.

The COICOP classification is based on 12 divisions:

01    Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Includes food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased in supermarkets, small shops, speciality shops and petrol station forecourt outlets.  It excludes meals out which are covered under 11 Restaurants and Hotels.

02    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Includes alcoholic beverages purchased in off licences and supermarkets but excludes alcohol consumed on or within licensed premises which is classified under 11 Restaurants and Hotels.  It also includes tobacco products.

03    Clothing and Footwear

Men's, ladies and children's clothing and footwear, sports and leisurewear and services such as laundry and dry cleaning, shoe repair, dress hire and alteration.

04    Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels

Covers rents, mortgage interest repayments, refuse collection, goods and services for maintaining, decorating and repairing dwellings and domestic energy products such as electricity, gas, home heating oil and solid fuels.  Water supply and sewage collection were added to this division under the item 'water supply and miscellaneous services relating to the dwelling' in January 2015.

05    Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance

Covers household items such as furniture, carpets and other floor coverings, household textiles and soft furnishings, household appliances and other household items such as utensils, tools, garden equipment and non-durable items for cleaning, washing and other day to day household activity.  Also included are services such as electrical repair, cleaning and gardening.

06    Health

Includes medical products, appliances and equipment, hospital charges and outpatient services supplied by doctors, dentists, opticians, physiotherapists and practitioners of alternative and complementary medicine.

07    Transport

Includes the purchase of new and second hand vehicles, spare parts, car maintenance, fuels and lubricants, public transport and services such as parking, motor association subscriptions, car wash, toll charges, driving lessons, driving test, driving licence and car hire.

08    Communications

Postal and telecommunications services.

09    Recreation and Culture

Includes items such as audio visual and photographic equipment, computers, music and DVDs, sports and recreation goods, games and toys, items connected with gardening and pets, recreational, sporting and cultural activities and events, newspapers and other reading material, package holidays and other items connected with recreation and culture.

10    Education

Includes pre-primary and primary, secondary, third level fees and other education and training such as night courses and examination fees.

11    Restaurants and Hotels

Includes meals in restaurants and hotels, fast food and takeaways, cafes and canteens; alcohol consumed on or within licensed premises and accommodation services supplied by hotels, guesthouses and hostels.

12    Miscellaneous Goods and Services

Covers a wide range of items including hairdressing; goods for hygiene, hair and body care; personal goods such as jewellery, handbags and wallets; childcare and other social protection services; insurance, financial services and other services including funerals, weddings, legal and professional services.  The household charge was added to this division, in the CPI, under the item 'miscellaneous goods and services' in April 2012.  The household charge subsequently became the local property tax in July 2013. The local property tax is not included in the HICP.

Calculating percentage changes in the index

The movement of the CPI, HICP and their subindices are expressed as percentage changes, rather than changes in index points, because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to its base period, whereas percentage changes are not.  The example below illustrates the computation of index point and percentage changes.

 

Index point change  
Current index 106.7
Less previous index 103.7
Equals index point change 3.0
   
Percentage change  
Index point change 3.0
Divided by the previous index 103.7
Equals 0.0289
Result multiplied by 100 0.0289 x 100
Equals percentage change 2.9

 

Estimating Contributions

A contribution represents the amount of the overall percentage change in the All Items CPI which is accounted for by any given category.  It can be estimated for any category in the CPI (e.g. the twelve COICOP 2-digit divisions) and for any period of time.

Data Required:

  1. Base weight for the category for which you wish to estimate the contribution.
  2. Current index for the category in question (same base period).
  3. Previous index for the category in question (same base period).
  4. All Items CPI for the previous period in question (i.e. the start period).

Example:

To estimate the contribution of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (COICOP 01) to the overall annual percentage change in the CPI up to July 2006 you would need the following data

 

1 Base weight for COICOP 01 (base:December 2001=100) 14.092%
2 Current Index (i.e. July 2006) for COICOP 01 103.7
3 Previous Index (i.e. July 2005) for COICOP 01 102.1
4 All Items CPI for the previous period (i.e. July 2005) 111.3

                        

Steps in the calculation

Step 1 Multiply the base weight by the current index 14.092 x 103.7
  Equals (1) 1461.3404
Step 2 Multiply the base weight by the previous index 14.092 x 102.1
  Equals (2)  1438.7932
Step 3 Subtract figure (2) from figure (1) 1461.3404 - 1438.7932
  Equals (3) 22.5472
Step 4 Divide figure (3) by the All Items CPI for the previous period 22.5472 / 111.3
  Equals Contribution 0.20

                                                                                                                                              

Therefore your estimated contribution of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages to the percentage change in the CPI for the year to July 2006 is 0.20.  The actual published figure was 0.19.  The difference is due to the fact that actual published contributions are calculated using data to more decimal places.

It is more complicated to estimate contributions where more than one base period is involved, as the base weights will have changed (e.g. to estimate a contribution for the period January 2000 to January 2005 involves the November 1996=100 base and the December 2001=100 base).  For assistance in this regard please contact the CPI section.

Data Dissemination on www.cso.ie

The CSO website (www.cso.ie) now holds a range of CPI data.  Within the Consumer Prices section of the website (accessed via the ‘Prices’ link on the homepage), a range of principle statistics are held including overall annual percentage changes from 1977 to date, All Items CPI annual figures from 1996 to date and COICOP division monthly and annual figures from 2002 to date.

Further data can be accessed at www.cso.ie by clicking on ‘Databases’ and ‘StatBank CSO Main Data Dissemination Service’.  The subject area is ‘Economy’, ‘Prices’, ‘Consumer Prices’ and ‘Consumer Prices - Annual Series’ or ‘Consumer Prices - Monthly Series’.  The website is updated each month at 11am on the CPI publication day.

The Database Direct for the CPI contains monthly and annual index numbers and percentage changes for the following categories and time periods:

 

Category  Period
All Items CPI  1975 to date
12 COICOP Divisions  1975 to date

Special CPI Subindices (CPI excluding Tobacco, Energy Products, etc.)

1982 to date
Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) 1997 to date

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

In addition, the following data can also be accessed within Database Direct.

  • National average prices for selected CPI goods and services from January 1997 to date.
  • All Items CPI numbers for various base periods from 1922 to date.
  • Detailed sub-indices are available from 2003 to date. 

Any queries relating to the usage of the web dissemination database for CPI data should be directed to cpi@cso.ie

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