Dutch inflation was 1.8 percent in April, the same as in March. Inflation is calculated from the increase in the consumer price index (CPI) relative to the same month one year previously.
On average, consumers paid 18 percent more for flowers and plants in April than in the same month one year ago, as against 9 percent in March. This had an upward effect on inflation. Prices of motor fuels, on the other hand, had a downward effect on inflation. Price increases of motor fuels were more modest than in April last year. Altogether, inflation remained unchanged in April.
With 0.8 percentage points, the costs of housing, water and energy were the main contributors to inflation in April. Cloths and footwear contributed 0.2 percentage points. The sector hotels and restaurants also contributed 0.2 percentage points to inflation. Price developments in the communication sector, on the other hand, reduced inflation by 0.1 percentage points.
The harmonised consumer price index (HICP) allows comparison between the member states of the European Union. According to the HICP method, Dutch inflation was 1.9 percent in April, the same as in March. Inflation in the eurozone averaged 1.9 percent too.