Release: Consumer Price Inflation, May 2014

Released: 17 June 2014 Next edition: 15 July 2014

Contact

Philip Gooding

Prices, ONS

cpi@ons.gsi.gov.uk

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Categories: Economy, Prices, Output and Productivity, Price Indices and Inflation, Consumer Price Indices, Consumer Prices Index, Retail Prices Index

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) grew by 1.5% in the year to May 2014, down from 1.8% in April.

  • Falls in transport services costs, notably air fares, provided the largest contribution to the decrease in the rate. Other large downward effects came from the food & non-alcoholic drinks and clothing sectors. The largest offsetting upward effects came from motor fuels and recreation & culture.

  • The timing of Easter in April is likely to have had an impact on movements in the index, most notably for air and sea fares.

  • CPIH grew by 1.4% in the year to May 2014, down from 1.6% in April. RPIJ grew by 1.7%, down from 1.8% in April.

The Retail Prices Index (not a National Statistic) grew by 2.4% in the year ending May 2014, down from 2.5% in April.

The Consumer Price indices datasets contains percentage changes and weights for the CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ and the components that make up these indices.

Consumer Price Inflation Reference Tables, May 2014: (1.47 Mb Excel sheet)  Measures of Inflation data including CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ. These tables complement the Consumer Price Inflation Time Series data sets also available on the ONS website.

Personal Inflation Calculator (PIC): This interactive application allows you to enter your own spending patterns to generate a personal inflation figure. (Note - requires an SVG-enabled web browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome). Further information on the PIC, including how the calculator works and how to calculate your personal inflation rate, can be found in the article ‘The Personal Inflation Calculator’ on the Labour and Market Review web page.

Further information on Consumer Price Inflation: Includes details of the methodology used to construct the indices, brief and quick guides to inflation and articles on various aspects of the CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ.

Consumer Prices Advisory Committee (CPAC) Homepage: This page contains links to CPAC papers covering a range of topical consumer price statistics research including the inclusion of owner occupiers' housing costs into the CPI.

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