Inflation unchanged

The inflation rate did not change in September 2005. Just as in August consumer prices were 1.8 percent higher than the year before. 

The price developments of car fuel, clothing and shoes raised the inflation rate, while price drops for fresh vegetables and tuition eased it.

In September consumer prices rose by an average of 0.8 percent on August. Car fuels increased by 4.1 percent on August. Clothing and shoes also became more expensive. Fresh vegetables were cheaper. Tuition was partly abolished, since no tuition has to be paid for students aged 16 and 17 as of the start of the current school year. 

Inflation in the Netherlands is measured as the change of the consumer price index compared with the same period twelve months previously. To allow international comparisons, inflation is calculated according to an European harmonised method as well.

Dutch inflation according to the European harmonised method was 1.7 percent in September, up 0.1 percent point on August. Eurostat, the European statistical office, expects inflation in the eurozone on average to be 2.5 percent in September.