Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) — Overview



What information can I find here?

The Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) measure the changes over time in the prices of consumer goods and services acquired by households. They give a comparable measure of inflation as they are calculated according to harmonised definitionsData is available on a monthly and annual basis, broken down by detailed consumption categories.

Monthly data available in the database is expressed as:

  • Index
  • Annual rate of change
  • Monthly rate of change
  • 12-month average rate of change

Annual data available in the database is expressed as:

  • Average index
  • Rate of change

In addition, country weights and item weights are available.

For more information, please see 'Information on data' or our 'Frequently asked questions' on HICP.

When is new monthly data published?

Monthly HICP data are published twice a month. A flash estimate for the euro area is published at the end of the month followed by the full series of indices for Member States and at European level, including HICP at constant taxes, approximately two weeks later (see release schedule).

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Got a question on HICP data?

We have put together a comprehensive set of ‘Frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) to provide you information on HICP coverage, data availability, revisions and many other aspects. Find the answers now!

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Read the new report

This new report of the European Commission looks at the suitability of the owner-occupied housing (OOH) price index for integration into the harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) coverage.


Visualise the latest inflation data

See how the annual inflation rate has developed over the last 12 months for your country and other countries.

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Stay up to date with our news releases

Get the latest figures on flash inflation in the euro area or read the full HICP news release on inflation rates in the EU Member States.

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How do we calculate one figure for inflation?

You have trouble understanding what inflation is and how it is measured? Then our series ‘Statistics4beginners’ is for you – read the article on inflation and watch our entertaining video!

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