Higher inflation on Bonaire and Saba

The rate of inflation increased marginally on Bonaire and Saba in Q3 2016, but decreased on St Eustatius. The rates on Bonaire and Saba rose to 0.6 and 0.2 percent respectively. The CPI-based inflation rate on St Eustatius fell to -1.0 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Inflation Caribbean Netherlands
Inflation Caribbean Netherlands
 BonaireSt EustatiusSaba
2011 I4.274.7
2011 II510.56.9
2011 III5.811.26.6
2011 IV6.310.97.4
2012 I3.66.65.6
2012 II35.23.9
2012 III2.34.63
2012 IV2.74.92.4
2013 I2.53.91.2
2013 II1.51.81
2013 III1.81.71.4
2013 IV1.22.11.2
2014 I1.32.51.4
2014 II2.22.92
2014 III1.53.42.6
2014 IV0.91.62.1
2015 I-0.6-1.11.5
2015 II-0.9-1.70.9
2015 III-0.9-0.5-0.4
2015 IV-1.2-0.7-0.1
2016 I0.50.40.3
2016 II0.4-0.10
2016 III0.6-10.2


On Bonaire, prices of goods and services were 0.6 percent up year-on-year, versus 0.4 percent in Q2. Price developments for food products and soft drinks were the main contributors to the inflation increase. On average, these prices were 0.4 percent higher than one year previously. Soft drink prices rose 3.2 percent compared to one year previously. Gas and petrol prices also drove inflation up.

In the past quarter, prices of food products and soft drinks were in fact below the level of the preceding quarter. Soft drinks, cheese and butter became cheaper. In the same period, gas prices rose by an average of 15 percent, petrol prices by more than 8 percent.

St Eustatius

On average, monthly expenditure of households on St Eustatius was 1.0 percent down year-on-year. The price level in Q2 was 0.1 percent down from one year ago. The lower inflation rate is almost entirely caused by electricity price developments. In Q3 2015 electricity prices soared by more than 20 percent, pushing up inflation over the next twelve months. This effect has worn off now and inflation is falling.

Food and soft drink prices also contributed to the lower inflation rate. They fell by 1.8 percent relative to one year previously. Prices of eggs, potatoes and pork, for example, declined. Due to petrol price developments inflation fell less rapidly.

Unlike on Bonaire, food and soft drink prices have risen slightly on St Eustatius in the past quarter, but just as on Bonaire, the price of petrol went up.


The inflation rate on Saba rose to 0.2 percent in Q3. Prices of natural gas and toiletries drove inflation up. Mouth care products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, became more expensive, but the inflation increase was modest because food prices declined. Food prices on Saba are on average 1.6 percent lower than one year ago. Fresh vegetables, milk, and sugar became cheaper in the past year.