Increased clothing prices in March
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Consumer price indexMarch 2017

From the January index, published on 10 February 2017, the CPI base year is changed to 2015 (2015=100). This also applies to CPI-AT, CPI-ATE and other series. For more information, see New reference year, 2015=100, in the CPI.



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Increased clothing prices in March

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.3 per cent from February to March. The year-to-year growth in the CPI was 2.4 per cent in March, down 0.1 percentage points from February.

Consumer Price Index (2015=100)
IndexMonthly change (per cent)12-month rate (per cent)
March 2017February 2017 - March 2017March 2016 - March 2017
CPI All-item index105.00.32.4
Food and non-alcoholic beverages102.0-0.43.0
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco105.5-0.22.3
Clothing and footwear105.97.12.1
Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels107.30.04.0
Furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance105.60.40.1
Recreation and culture105.4-0.82.4
Restaurants and hotels106.2-0.13.6
Miscellaneous goods and services103.70.62.2
CPI-ATE All-item index104.00.41.7
CPI by delivery sector
Consumer goods105.60.43.0
Services where labor dominates105.20.33.2
Figure 1. Consumer Price Index. Percentage change from the same month one year before

The CPI-ATE rose 1.7 per cent from March 2016 to March 2017. CPI was 105.0 (2015 = 100) in March 2017, compared to 102.5 in March 2016, which corresponds to a year-to-year growth of 2.4 per cent.

Monthly change: prices increase on clothing

From February to March the CPI rose 0.3 per cent, mostly due to price increases on clothing. Many clothing stores switch stock from down priced winter clothes to newly arrived spring and summer clothing between February and March. All clothing sub groups had price increases in March; combined price increase was 7.7 per cent.

Energy prices combined fell 1.8 per cent last month, due to lower prices on petrol, diesel and electricity. The yearly book sales gave a price decrease of 17.5 per cent on books. Lower food prices also contributed to dampening the CPI rise.

Year-to-year growth: higher electricity prices

From March 2016 to March 2017, the CPI increased by 2.4 per cent, mainly due to higher electricity prices. Prices on electricity including grid rent rose 15.5 per cent the last twelve months, but the price level has remained more or less constant for the last four months.

Food prices were in March 2.8 per cent higher than they were in March last year, and together with increased prices on restaurant services and fuels contributed in the increased CPI.

A price fall of 24.4 per cent on airfares was the most important contributor in dampening the increase of the CPI. Lower airfares in March have to be viewed in conjunction with increased demand and prices during the Easter holiday that fell in March last year.

Change in the year-to-year growth: marginally lower growth rate in the CPI

The year-to-year growth in the CPI went down from 2.5 per cent in February to 2.4 per cent in March. The decreased growth rate was caused by the development in the prices of several consumption groups. Prices on fuels and books fell from February to March this year, while they rose in the same period last year. For airfares and furniture the monthly price increase in March this year was lower than in March last year. For some goods and services this diverging price development is due to the Easter effect.

The price development on food and clothing contributed to restrain the fall in the year-to-year growth rate 

CPI-ATE rose 1.7 per cent in March, up 0.1 percentage points from February.

New detailed consumer classification, ECOICOPOpen and readClose

The CPI adopted Eurostat’s new detailed 5-digit consumer classification, ECOICOP in January 2016. Statistics Norway has published unofficial 5 and 6-digit COICOP indices for the consumer group Food and non-alcoholic beverages up until January 2016. As a result of a discrepancy between the unofficial and the new official ECOICOP, some previously published indices are no longer available. This results in new names for some of the published groups.

See the new names here.