Inflation rate up to 12.0 percent in August

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the consumer price index (CPI) was 12.0 percent higher in August than in the same month last year. In July, the inflation rate stood at 10.3 percent. The further rise in inflation was mainly due to the price development of energy.

Inflation is measured each month as the increase in the consumer price index (CPI) relative to the same month in the previous year. The consumer price index shows the price development of a package of goods and services as purchased on average by Dutch households. An inflation of 12.0 percent in August 2022 means that consumer product prices were 12.0 percent higher than in August 2021, not compared to July 2022. This means the 12.0 percent inflation in August was not on top of the 10.3 percent inflation in July.

Inflation (CPI)
YearMonthYear-on-year change (year-on-year % change of consumer price index)
2017January1.7
2017February1.8
2017March1.1
2017April1.6
2017May1.1
2017June1.1
2017July1.3
2017August1.4
2017September1.5
2017October1.3
2017November1.5
2017December1.3
2018January1.5
2018February1.2
2018March1
2018April1.1
2018May1.7
2018June1.7
2018July2.1
2018August2.1
2018September1.9
2018October2.1
2018November2
2018December2
2019January2.2
2019February2.6
2019March2.8
2019April2.9
2019May2.4
2019June2.7
2019July2.5
2019August2.8
2019September2.6
2019October2.7
2019November2.6
2019December2.7
2020January1.8
2020February1.6
2020March1.4
2020April1.2
2020May1.2
2020June1.6
2020July1.7
2020August0.7
2020September1.1
2020October1.2
2020November0.8
2020December1
2021January1.6
2021February1.8
2021March1.9
2021April1.9
2021May2.1
2021June2
2021July1.4
2021August2.4
2021September2.7
2021October3.4
2021November5.2
2021December5.7
2022January6.4
2022February6.2
2022March9.7
2022April9.6
2022May8.8
2022June8.6
2022July10.3
2022August12

Energy prices soaring

The price development of energy (electricity, gas and district heating) caused inflation to rise further. In August, energy was 151 percent more expensive than one year previously. In July, the rise was 108 percent year on year.

Energy currently makes a significant contribution to overall inflation. The price development of energy is measured by CBS on the basis of new energy contracts. CBS has started research on the measurement of energy prices in the CPI.

Price index electricity, gas and heat energy
Month2022 (2015=100)2021 (2015=100)
Jan196.49104.43
Feb187.87106.13
Mar275.85107.18
Apr255.21107.97
May221.75108.22
Jun201.81109.99
Jul240.6115.79
Aug294.51117.17
Sep123.29
Oct136.56
Nov163.61
Dec182.04

Also increases in food and clothing prices

The price development of food had an upward effect on inflation as well. Food was 13.1 percent more expensive in August than one year previously. In July, food prices were up by 12.3 percent. This is mainly due to the price development of pasta products. In addition to food, the price development of clothing also caused an increase in inflation.

Downward effect of motor fuels

The year-on-year price increase of motor fuels was lower in August than in July. This had a downward effect on the inflation rate. In August, the price increase of motor fuels amounted to 16.7 percent, against 24.6 percent year on year in July.

CPI: Major contributions to year-on-year change
 August 2022 (percentage point)July 2022 (percentage point)
All items12.010.3
Housing, water and
energy
6.604.90
Food and non-alcoholic
beverages
1.651.55
Transport1.551.75
Furnishing and household
equipment
0.580.57
Restaurants and hotels0.580.54
Miscellaneous goods
and services
0.400.37
Consumption abroad0.380.45
Recreation and culture0.340.37
Clothing and footwear0.140.07
Education-0.30-0.30

Euro area inflation rising

Since 1996, CBS has published two different inflation rates: one based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and one based on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP). According to the European HICP, consumer goods and services in the Netherlands were 13.7 percent more expensive in August than in the same month last year, up from 11.6 percent in July. Inflation in the euro area rose from 8.9 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August.

European harmonised inflation (HICP)
yearmonthThe Netherlands (year-on-year % change of harmonised consumer price index)Euro area (year-on-year % change of harmonised consumer price index)
2017January1.61.7
2017February1.72
2017March0.61.5
2017April1.41.9
2017May0.71.4
2017June11.3
2017July1.51.3
2017August1.51.5
2017September1.41.6
2017October1.31.4
2017November1.51.5
2017December1.21.3
2018January1.51.3
2018February1.31.1
2018March11.4
2018April11.2
2018May1.92
2018June1.72
2018July1.92.2
2018August1.92.1
2018September1.62.1
2018October1.92.3
2018November1.81.9
2018December1.81.5
2019January21.4
2019February2.61.5
2019March2.91.4
2019April31.7
2019May2.31.2
2019June2.71.3
2019July2.61
2019August3.11
2019September2.70.8
2019October2.80.7
2019November2.61
2019December2.81.3
2020January1.71.4
2020February1.31.2
2020March1.10.7
2020April10.3
2020May1.10.1
2020June1.70.3
2020July1.60.4
2020August0.3-0.2
2020September1-0.3
2020October1.2-0.3
2020November0.7-0.3
2020December0.9-0.3
2021January1.60.9
2021February1.90.9
2021March1.91.3
2021April1.71.6
2021May22
2021June1.71.9
2021July1.42.2
2021August2.73
2021September33.4
2021October3.74.1
2021November5.94.9
2021December6.45
2022January7.65.1
2022February7.35.9
2022March11.77.4
2022April11.27.4
2022May10.28.1
2022June9.98.6
2022July11.68.9
2022August13.79.1

Difference between CPI and HICP

In order to facilitate comparison between countries, EU member states calculate a consumer price index according to internationally agreed definitions and methods. The European Central Bank (ECB) uses the HICP to formulate its monetary policies in the euro area. In addition, most countries produce their own national consumer price index.

The main conceptual difference between the CPI and the HICP for the Netherlands is that, unlike the CPI, the HICP does not take into account the costs related to home ownership. In the Dutch CPI, these costs are calculated based on developments in rental property prices.

Implications of the coronavirus crisis for consumer price measurements

Due to the government's COVID-19 countermeasures, several services were either limited or unavailable as of March 2020. As a result, there were no transactions that allowed for price measurements for some of the services. In accordance with Eurostat guidelines, CBS opted for the most appropriate estimation method in each situation. Price estimates for August 2022are no longer related to COVID-19, but estimates made for the same month last year do still affect this month's inflation rate.