On consumer price changes in April 2013

10.05.2013

Compared to April 2012, the average consumer price level in April 2013 reduced by 0.4%. Prices of goods decreased by 0.4%, while prices of services rose by 0.3%. The annual average rate of change in April 2013 was 1.2%.

The greatest upward pressures on the consumer prices in April 2013, as compared to April 2012, were put by the rise in food prices, whereas drop in the prices of goods and services related to transport as well as communication services had the most significant downward impact.

Within the food commodity group, growth was recorded in the prices of vegetables (+10.6%), bread and cereal products (+2.8%), fresh meat (+3.1%), fish and fish products (+2.7%), while the largest decrease was observed in the prices of eggs (-13.4%), milk and dairy products (-1.4%).

Transport group indicates a drop in the average annual prices of fuel (-7.0%) and passenger cars (-4.7%). Prices of telecommunication services diminished by 6.7%.

In comparison with the previous month, the average level of consumer prices in April 2013 did not change. Average price level of goods rose by 0.1%, whereas prices of services stayed stable.

The greatest downward pressures on the price changes in April were put by the reduction in prices of goods and services related to transport (-1.2%), as well as recreational and culture goods and services (-1.2%), while growth in the prices of clothing and footwear (+4.6%), alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+1.2%) had the most significant upward impact.

As goods of the new season entered the market, prices of footwear and clothing increased, by 6.9% and 3.8%, respectively.

Within the food commodity group, growth was observed in the prices of meat (+1.3%), fish and fish products (+1.1%), and alcoholic beverages (+1.7%), of which beer prices rose by 3.5% and prices of wine increased by 4.9%. In its turn, prices of spirits decreased (-1.0%).

Under seasonal influence, prices of vegetables dropped (-1.7%).

Within the transport group, reduction was recorded in the prices of fuel (-1.6%), public transport services (-0.6%), purchase of vehicles (-0.7%).

Within the recreational and cultural service group, decrease was observed in the prices of garden plants and flowers (-8.4%) as well as pet food (-2.2%).Prices of package holidays diminished (-2.2%).

Among the other commodity groups, the most significant changes were observed in the prices of individual care goods and equipment (-1.4%), telecommunication devices (-1.7%), furniture and furnishings (-1.6%), tools and equipment for house and garden (+1.2%), pharmaceutical products (-0.9%), and heat (-0.7%).

 

Consumer price changes by commodity group, %:

Commodity group

April 2012 - April 2013

December 2012 - April 2013

March 2013 - April 2013

Total

-0.4

0.2

0.0

Food and non-alcoholic beverages

1.3

1.1

0.1

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco

1.7

1.5

1.2

Clothing and footwear

0.1

3.6

4.6

Housing, water, electricity, gas and fuels

0.6

-1.1

-0.2

Furnishing, household equipment and operation

-2.0

0.1

-0.6

Health care

1.3

0.7

-0.5

Transport

-4.8

-1.4

-1.2

Communication

-6.8

-0.2

-0.1

Recreation and culture

-0.7

-0.6

-1.2

Education

-1.1

-0.1

0.1

Hotels, cafés and restaurants

0.7

-0.4

0.2

Miscellaneous goods and services

1.2

1.1

-0.5

Sub-indices having the greatest impact:

March 2013 - April 2013

Impact (percentage points)

Clothing

+0.13

Footwear

+0.12

Beer

+0.07

Wine

+0.04

Goods for personal care

-0.03

Vegetables

-0.04

Garden plants and flowers

-0.05

Fuels for transport

-0.10

April  2012 - April 2013

Impact (percentage points)

Vegetables

+0.23

Bread an cereals

+0.11

Meat and meat products

+0.10

Tobacco

+0.09

Motor cars

-0.10

Milk, cheese, eggs

-0.15

Telecommunication services

-0.26

Fuels for transport

-0.46

 

More detailed information is available in the CSB data base.

Press release on consumer price changes in May 2013 will be published on 10 June 2013.

 

Prepared by:

Consumer Price Indices Section
Nataļja Dubkova
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