Consumer Prices Up In March, Especially Food, Alcohol & tobacco

  • 13 Apr 2018 9:45 AM
  • Budapest Business Journal
Consumer Prices Up In March, Especially Food, Alcohol & tobacco
Consumer prices were 2.0% higher on average in March 2018 than a year earlier, up slightly from a 1.9% year-on-year increase in February. The highest price increases were measured for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and food, according to a first release of monthly data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Tuesday.

In March 2018 compared to March 2017, food prices rose by 4.1%, within which eggs became 27.0%, butter 14.2%, pasta 11.1%, dairy products 6.9%, and bread 5.6% more expensive. Sugar became 18.1% cheaper.

The highest price increase of 6.8% on average was recorded for alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

Electricity, gas and other fuels were 1.4% dearer, within which firewood became 13.3% and butane and propane gas 5.4% more expensive, while the prices of electricity, natural and manufactured gas and purchased heat were unchanged.

The price of services was up by 1.1%, and that of clothing and footwear by 0.3% on average. Consumers paid 0.4% less for other goods (pharmaceutical products, motor fuels, household products and recreational goods), within which they paid 2.0% less for motor fuels, and 1.2% less for consumer durables.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and fuel prices, was a seasonally-adjusted 2.5% in March. CPI calculated with a basket of goods and services used by pensioners was 2.2%.

In March 2018 compared to the preceding month, consumer prices increased by 0.1% on average. Food prices rose by 0.3% month-on-month. The price of services rose by 0.2% and the price of alcoholic beverages and tobacco by 0.1%. The price of electricity, gas and other fuels was unchanged.

In January–March 2018 compared to the first quarter of the previous year, consumer prices went up by 2.0% on average, the KSH said.

Consumer price data for April 2018 will be published on May 9.

Underlying inflation unchanged - MNB

In a monthly analysis released after the publication of the KSH data and cited by state news wire MTI, the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said its measures of underlying inflation developments were "broadly unchanged" in March from the previous month.

"The measures continued to be around 2% and remained below the level of core inflation," it said.

The indicator for core inflation excluding the effects of indirect taxes stood at 2.1% in March, unchanged from the previous month.

The indicator for demand-sensitive inflation, which excludes processed foods from core inflation, edged up from 1.7% to 1.8%.

The indicator for sticky price inflation, which includes items for which retail prices vary, on average, no more than 15% a month, rose from 2.0% to 2.1%.

Householdsʼ inflation expectations "remained at moderate levels" during the month, the central bank said.

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

Budapest Business Journal

Hungary's largest and oldest source of business and financial news in English. Since 1992 it has presented essential information on Hungarian business life, including international analyses about the country. These days the BBJ newspaper is published every other week, while it releases daily business news online including premium paid content.

Explore More Reports

  • Eye Love Rock & Roll: Budapest’s Hippest Eyewear

    Eye Love Rock & Roll: Budapest’s Hippest Eyewear

    • 21 Dec 2018 11:17 AM

    The Vinylize showroom just catches you eye while exploring the district across Rákóczi utca from the Buddha Bar. It’s an intriguing neighborhood, neither touristy, hipster nor residential.

  • E-Commerce Intensive After Xmas In Hungary

    E-Commerce Intensive After Xmas In Hungary

    • 20 Dec 2018 8:56 AM

    E-commerce companies in Hungary realize 35-37% of their yearly turnover around Christmas time, with significant activities continuing after the holidays, when the period of returning and swapping products begins, according to a press release from Deloitte.

  • 'WAMP Design Fair', Millenáris, 25 November

    'WAMP Design Fair', Millenáris, 25 November

    • 16 Nov 2018 9:55 AM

    At the last Sunday of November WAMP will treat design passionates with an exciting special fair in cooperation with the International Visegrad Fund. Beyond Hungarian exhibitors this time almost forty designers of the Visegrad Countries (V4) from the Central-European region will introduce their brands to the local audience.

  • Retailers Start Black Friday Sales Early In Hungary

    Retailers Start Black Friday Sales Early In Hungary

    • 16 Nov 2018 8:49 AM

    Hungarian online retailers are not waiting for the actual Black Friday date of November 23 to offer deep discounts, but are beginning to do so today, and in some cases have already started, retail news website Blokkk reports.