In February 2023, as compared to February 2022 (at the annual level), the prices of goods and services for personal consumption, measured by the consumer price index, according to the flash estimate, increased by 11.9% on average. Compared to January 2023 (at the monthly level), according to the flash estimate, they increased by 0.2% on average.
According to the main components of index (special aggregates), an estimated annual rate of change for Food, beverages and tobacco is 15.0%, for Energy it is 13.4%, for Non-food industrial goods without energy it is 10.3% and for Services it is 8.9%.
An increase at the monthly level is estimated for components Energy, of 0.8%, and Services, of 0.1%. At the same time, according to the flash estimate, prices of Non-food industrial goods without energy and prices of Food, beverages and tobacco remained at the same level on average.
The final data on consumer price indices in February 2023, according to the ECOICOP classification, will be released on 17 March 2023.
The data on the flash estimate of the Euro Area harmonised index of consumer prices for February 2023 are available at the Eurostat website.
1) Final data, excluding the data for February 2023 which relate to the flash estimate of the consumer price indices.
After the Republic of Croatia joined the Euro Area on 1 January 2023 and in line with the Regulation (EU) 2016/79, the Croatian Bureau of Statistics begins the compilation and regular monthly transmission of data on flash estimates of the harmonised index of consumer prices to Eurostat, which releases flash estimates related to the Euro Area. In order to satisfy the consumer needs, the flash estimate of the national consumer price index will also be calculated and released on the monthly basis, and the data will be issued by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics in the form of the monthly First Release.
The flash estimate of the consumer price index is based on the data on retail prices obtained from data sources by the end of the reference month to which the prices refer, which accounts for about 80% received and processed data. The remaining received data will be processed and included into the calculation of the index for the purpose of the final data release.
The flash estimate of the national price index is released on the same day as the flash estimate of the Euro Area harmonised index of consumer prices issued by Eurostat. Release dates for 2023 are available in the Calendar of Statistical Data Issues.
The annual consumer price index measures changes in prices in the current month compared to the same month of a previous year, while the monthly index measures changes in prices in the current month compared to the previous month.
Consumer price index (CPI) is used as a general measure of inflation in the Republic of Croatia and reflects the changes in prices of goods and services acquired, used or paid over time by a reference population (private households) for consumption purposes.
Harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) is a set of European consumer price indices calculated according to a harmonised approach and a special set of definitions, which enables a comparable measure of inflation in the Euro Area, the European Union, the European Economic Area and in candidate countries.
Both indicators are calculated on the basis of the same representative basket of goods and services. The main difference is the coverage of the population: HICP includes the total consumption of institutional households and non-residents in the economic territory and this consumption is not included in the national consumer price index.
|ECOICOP||European Classification of Personal Consumption by Purpose|
|Eurostat||Statistical Office of the European Union|
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