Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) — Overview

Introduction

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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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Highlights

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Read information about Covid-19 and the HICP

Find out how the HICP is produced in times of Covid-19.

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New HICP implementing regulation

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1148 consolidates and modernises the HICP legal framework.

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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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Got a question on HICP data?

Have a look at our comprehensive set of ‘Frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) to provide you information on HICP coverage, data availability, revisions and many other aspects. 

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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 and watch our entertaining video!

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