Inflation rate marginally higher in February

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the consumer price index (CPI) rose slightly to 1.8 percent in February. In January prices of consumer goods and services were 1.7 percent higher than one year previously. The rate has risen for the fifth month in a row.

Inflation (CPI)
Inflation (CPI)
 CPI
2012 Jan2.5
2012 Feb2.5
2012 Mar2.5
2012 Apr2.4
2012 May2.1
2012 Jun2.1
2012 Jul2.3
2012 Aug2.3
2012 Sep2.3
2012 Oct2.9
2012 Nov2.8
2012 Dec2.9
2013 Jan3
2013 Feb3
2013 Mar2.9
2013 Apr2.6
2013 May2.8
2013 Jun2.9
2013 Jul3.1
2013 Aug2.8
2013 Sep2.4
2013 Oct1.6
2013 Nov1.5
2013 Dec1.7
2014 Jan1.4
2014 Feb1.1
2014 Mar0.8
2014 Apr1.2
2014 May0.8
2014 Jun0.9
2014 Jul0.9
2014 Aug1
2014 Sep0.9
2014 Oct1.1
2014 Nov1
2014 Dec0.7
2015 Jan0
2015 Feb0.2
2015 Mar0.4
2015 Apr0.6
2015 May1.1
2015 Jun1
2015 Jul1
2015 Aug0.8
2015 Sep0.6
2015 Oct0.6
2015 Nov0.7
2015 Dec0.7
2016 Jan0.6
2016 Feb0.6
2016 Mar0.6
2016 Apr0
2016 May0
2016 Jun0
2016 Jul-0.2
2016 Aug0.2
2016 Sep0.1
2016 Oct0.4
2016 Nov0.6
2016 Dec1
2017 Jan1.7
2017 Feb1.8
2017 Mrt

Higher motor fuel and clothing prices drive inflation up

Motor fuel and clothing prices pushed up inflation in February. The consumer price for a litre of petrol at the filling station was 1.58 euros, i.e. 18 eurocents more than in February 2016 and the highest price level recorded since August 2015. Clothing prices were more than 5 percent up from February last year. Food prices also drove inflation up.

Inflation rate excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco

Energy and food prices vary significantly and alcohol and tobacco prices are frequently raised as a result of higher excise duties. Therefore, inflation is also measured excluding these product groups. According to this criterion, the rate was 1.3 percent in February, versus 1.4 percent in January.

CPI for underlying clusters
CPI for underlying clusters
 Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017
Inflation without energy,
food, alcohol and tobacco
0.91.41.3
Goods11.82.3
Energy0.74.76.3
Food, alcohol and tobacco1.51.52
Goods without energy,
food, alcohol and tobacco
0.711.2
Services11.41.1

Dutch rate rises more rapidly the eurozone rate

In addition to the consumer price index (CPI), CBS also calculates the European harmonised price index (HICP).

The HICP-based rate of inflation in the Netherlands increased from 1.6 percent in January to 1.7 percent in February. The eurozone rate went up from 1.8 to 2.0 percent over the same period. Since May 2016 the Dutch rate has been lower than the eurozone rate.

Inflation (HICP)
Inflation (HICP)
 The NetherlandsEuro area
2012 Jan2.92.7
2012 Feb2.92.7
2012 Mar2.92.7
2012 Apr2.82.6
2012 May2.52.4
2012 Jun2.52.4
2012 Jul2.62.4
2012 Aug2.62.6
2012 Sep2.52.6
2012 Oct3.32.5
2012 Nov3.22.2
2012 Dec3.42.2
2013 Jan3.22
2013 Feb3.21.9
2013 Mar3.21.7
2013 Apr2.81.2
2013 May3.11.4
2013 Jun3.21.6
2013 Jul3.11.6
2013 Aug2.81.3
2013 Sep2.41.1
2013 Oct1.30.7
2013 Nov1.20.9
2013 Dec1.40.8
2014 Jan0.80.8
2014 Feb0.40.7
2014 Mar0.10.5
2014 Apr0.60.7
2014 May0.10.5
2014 Jun0.30.5
2014 Jul0.30.4
2014 Aug0.40.4
2014 Sep0.30.3
2014 Oct0.40.4
2014 Nov0.30.3
2014 Dec-0.1-0.2
2015 Jan-0.7-0.6
2015 Feb-0.5-0.3
2015 Mar-0.3-0.1
2015 Apr00
2015 May0.70.3
2015 Jun0.50.2
2015 Jul0.80.2
2015 Aug0.40.1
2015 Sep0.3-0.1
2015 Oct0.40.1
2015 Nov0.40.1
2015 Dec0.50.2
2016 Jan0.20.3
2016 Feb0.3-0.2
2016 Mar0.50
2016 Apr-0.2-0.2
2016 May-0.2-0.1
2016 Jun-0.20.1
2016 Jul-0.60.2
2016 Aug0.10.2
2016 Sep-0.10.4
2016 Oct0.30.5
2016 Nov0.40.6
2016 Dec0.71.1
17 Jan1.61.8
17 Feb1.72
17 Mar

The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is compiled according to the European harmonised method in order to facilitate comparison between the various EU member states. Price indices for the eurozone and the European Union as a whole are calculated on the basis of the HICPs of the separate member states. The European Central Bank (ECB) uses these figures to formulate its monetary policy. According to the ECB, prices are stable, if the inflation rate is close to 2 percent.

Unlike the CPI, the HICP does not take into account the costs related to home ownership. In the Dutch CPI, these costs are calculated on the basis of rent levels.

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