Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  January 09, 2013 09:39:13

CR - Consumer prices rose slightly in December, for the full year 2012 by 3.3%


Consumer prices rose in December compared with November by 0.1%. This development was mainly influenced by the increase in prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Annual consumer price inflation slowed in December to 2.4% from 2.7% in November.

The increase consumer prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages brought on increase in prices of fruit by 11.3%, vegetables by 5.5%, bread and cereals by 0.5%. In housing increased net rents in rented dwellings by 1.0% due to an increase in regulated rents by 2.9%. The 'health' drug prices and fees paid by 0.7%.

A reduction in the price level came primarily for the third month continued decline in fuel prices, which in December was 2.3%. Price of Natural 95 (35.11 CZK / l) was the lowest since December 2011 and the price of diesel (35.82 CZK / l) from July 2012.Clothing prices fell by 1.2% and footwear by 1.4%. In 'communications', prices of telecommunication services by 0.6% and prices of mobile phones by 0.9%. The decline in prices of other goods and services affect the price reduction of personal care by 1.0%. Prices of alcoholic beverages fell by 0.8%, the prices of spirits by 1.5%.

Prices of goods in total decreased by 0.1%, while prices of services rose 0.1%.

Year on year increase in consumer prices in December by 2.4%, which is 0.3 percentage points less than in November. The slowdown was mainly in food and non-alcoholic beverages, housing, health, and especially mom due to a considerable increase in prices in these sections in December 2011.Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages slowed growth in prices of bread and cereals to 0.8% (from 1.3% in November), meat, to 8.7% (from 10.2% in November), eggs to 27.6% (from 38.3% in November), cheese to 0.2% (from 3.2% in November), yoghurts to 1.8% (from 4, 2% in November), cocoa to 4.9% (from 9.4% in November), coffee to 5.7% (from 8.1% in November). Prices of oils and fats from the rise by 0.6% in November, a decrease of 2.5% in December. In 'health significantly reduced prices for hospital care to 1.6% from 45.0% in November due to increased charge for hospital stays from December 2011. Similarly, in housing slowed down natural gas prices to 4.3% (from 7.7% in November) as a result of price increases from December 2011.Slowdown in transport caused primarily by fuel prices, which were higher by 0.6% (in November by 3.1%). In 'other goods and services, prices of personal care by 1.1% (in November by 1.7%).

Decisive impact on the amount of the total annual level of consumer prices in December were despite the slowdown in the growth in prices of housing, water, electricity, fuel and prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks. In housing were higher gas prices by 4.3%, electricity by 4.2%, water 12.0%, 10.7% of sewage, heat and hot water by 8.4%. Net rents rose by 4.3%, with 11.6% of regulated and market prices by 1.0%.

The reduction in the price growth came from 'clothing and footwear, where prices of clothing fell by 3.4% and footwear by 2.0%.In 'communications', prices of telecommunication services by 5.5% and prices of mobile phones by 10.4%. The decline in prices of housing and household equipment were mainly lower prices of instruments and household appliances by 4.8%.

Total prices of goods and the prices of services rose by 2.3%. Overall consumer price index excluding imputed rent was up 102.4%.

The average rate of inflation, the increase in the consumer price index in 2012, compared with the average in 2011 was 3.3%, which is 1.4 percentage points more than in 2011 and the highest value in the last four years.

Average increase in the harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) 1) 27 EU member states, according to preliminary data of Eurostat November 2.4%, which is 0.2 percentage points less than in October. The highest annual rates in Hungary (5.3%) and the lowest in Greece (0.4%). In Germany, the price growth slowed in November to 1.9% from 2.1% in October. Also in the Slovak Republic in November to slowdown to 3.5% from 3.9% in October. According to preliminary calculations, the increase in December 2012 HICP Czech mom changed and grew by 2.4% (in November by 2.8%). Flash estimate, annual HICP for changes Eurozone in December 2012 is 2.2%, as Eurostat. (For more information on the Eurostat website: HICP ).

Source: CSO
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