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Cigarette price rise increases inflation in July

Published : 14 Aug 2020, 13:28

Updated : 15 Aug 2020, 02:21

  DF Report

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The year-on-year change in consumer prices was 0.6 per cent in July, according to the Statistics Finland.

In June, inflation stood at minus 0.0 per cent.

The increase in inflation was caused by higher prices of cigarettes, for example. Higher cigarette prices were caused mainly by changes in taxation.

Consumer prices were raised most in July by increases in the prices of cigarettes, games of chance and refundable prescription medicines from one year ago.

The rise in consumer prices from one year back was curbed most by reductions in the prices of fuels and rents of hotel rooms as well as decreases in the average interest rate on housing loans.

From June to July, the month-on-month change of consumer prices was 0.4 per cent, which was caused mainly by higher prices of games of change and petrol.

The core inflation (inflation excluding food and energy) was 0.8 per cent in July. Inflation on food (including non-alcoholic beverages) was 2.9 per cent in July, and inflation on energy (including fuels, electricity, and petrol) was -6.2 per cent.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland’s interviewers collect altogether 21,000 prices on nearly 470 commodities from approximately 2,200 outlets for building the Consumer Price Index.

The Price data is supplemented with scanner data including around three million prices. In addition, some 1,000 items of price data are gathered by centralised collection.