Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, September 2013
|September 2012 –||August 2013 –|
|September 2013, %||September 2013, %|
|Food and non-alcoholic beverages||2,7||- 1,4|
|Alcoholic beverages and tobacco||4,7||0,6|
|Clothing and footwear||3,6||3,4|
|Transport||- 4,5||- 0,2|
|Recreation and culture||2,2||- 0,2|
|Education||- 14,8||- 16,2|
|Hotels, cafés and restaurants||6,5||- 1,6|
|Miscellaneous goods and services||3,0||0,3|
According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the consumer price index in September 2013 was -0.3% compared to August 2013 and 2.1% compared to September of the previous year.
Goods were 1.4% and services 3.2% more expensive compared to September of the previous year.
Regulated prices of goods and services have decreased by 1.0% and non-regulated prices have risen by 3.1% compared to September of the previous year.
Compared to September 2012, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by electricity and food, which accounted, respectively, for nearly 60% and more than a third of the total increase. The electricity that arrived at homes was 31.2% more expensive than a year before. 3.4% more expensive meat and meat products gave a quarter, 3.6% more expensive milk and dairy products gave a fifth and 13.8% more expensive fish and fish products gave another fifth of the impact of food on the index. In September 2013, motor fuel was 6.5% cheaper than the year earlier. The annual change of the consumer price index was last below 2% in March 2010, when it was 1.7%.
In September compared to August, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by the 12% price decrease of vegetables and the implementation of the higher education reform, which starting this academic year ensures free higher education for new full-time students who enrol in higher education programmes taught in Estonian. The index was also influenced by the end of sales of clothing and footwear and by the 2.1% price increase of electricity. Lemons were 21% more expensive than in August and carrots 36% cheaper.