In May the monthly change of the consumer price index was influenced the most by food

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According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the consumer price index in May 2014 was 0.1% compared to April 2014 and 0.1% compared to May of the previous year.

Goods were 0.1% more expensive compared to May 2013 and the price change of services was 0.0%.

Regulated prices of goods and services have risen by 0.3% compared to May of the previous year and the change of non-regulated prices has been 0.0% compared to that period.

Compared to May 2013, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by electricity, heat energy and fuels – heat energy was 3.7% cheaper and the electricity that arrived at homes was 3.3% cheaper. Compared to May of the previous year, 3.1% more expensive alcoholic beverages, 6.7% more expensive tobacco, nearly 14% cheaper mobile communication services and 6.1% more expensive dairy products also had a bigger impact on the index. Motor fuel was 0.1% more expensive than in the same month last year. Compared to May 2013, of food products, the prices of cheese have increased the most (8%) and the prices of sugar have decreased the most (31%).

In May compared to April, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by food – milk and dairy products were 1.3% and fruits 2.7% cheaper – and by the electricity that arrived at homes which was 1.6% more expensive. Compared to April, the prices of cabbage increased the most (54%) and the prices of cucumber decreased the most (34%).

Change of the consumer price index by commodity groups, May 2014
Commodity groupMay 2013 –
May 2014, %
April 2014 –
May 2014, %
TOTAL0.10.1
Food and non-alcoholic beverages-0.9-0.4
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco4.1-0.1
Clothing and footwear1.30.0
Housing-0.80.6
Household goods1.20.2
Health3.00.9
Transport-0.9-0.6
Communications-6.0-0.8
Recreation and culture3.01.4
Education-14.60.0
Hotels, cafés and restaurants5.21.8
Miscellaneous goods and services2.30.2
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