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Latest dataMonthly rate (%)Over the year rate (%)Annual rate (%)
February 2017 -0.4 Gráfica serie -0.9 Gráfica serie 3.0 Gráfica serie

Description

The objective of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is to provide a statistical measurement of the evolution of the set of prices of goods and services that the resident population in family dwellings in Spain consumes.

This index is elaborated with 220,000 prices from 479 articles, of 29,000 establishments informed distributed in 177 municipalities in the whole country. The data collection is carried out via personal visit to the establishments on the corresponding dates. Moreover, data is collected by telephone, fax and email. In some articles tariffed articles information is obtained from the corresponding official publications.

CPI History

The first price indices that were calculated in Spain go back to 1936 and these served as a base to establish the first Quality of Life Indices System that was maintained in force until December 1960. Subsequently two new systems entered into force with base years 1958 and 1968.

With the entry into force of the system base 1976 the indicators received the denomination of Consumer Price Indices. This system introduced significant novelties such as the classification of consumption into eight major groups and the creation of indices for each one of the Autonomous Communities. Since then another two CPI systems have existed with base years 1983 and 1992.

In January 2002 the CPI Base 2001 system entered into force. Among the main CPI Base 2001 novelties its publication in twelve groups stands out, motivated by the adaptation of the COICOP, as well as the update of the weightings of these twelve groups based on the information provided by the Continuous Household Budget Survey.

The CPI base 2001 includes sales prices, the annual revision of weightings and the linking of the indices is noteworthy.

The first indices in base 2006 were published in January 2007. The sample of municipalities increases in 25%, the number of prices collected increases 12% and the number of articles in the shopping basket increases to 491.

In January 2012 the first indices in base 2011 were published. The shopping basket of the Base 2011 CPI includes new articles such as notebooks, tablets, portable hard drives, laser hair removal and speech therapist. Similarly, others disappear whose consumption is no longer significant, such as recordable CD or movie rentals.

In January 2017 the first indices in base 2016 were published. This base incorporates the new European classification of consumption ECOICOP, which implies a greater breakdown of the information (the number of subclasses is extended to 219). The shopping basket of the Base 2016 CPI includes new articles such as online video and music services, games of chance or single-serve coffee. Similarly, others disappear such as brandy, camcorder or recordable DVD.

CPI Groups

The 12 CPI Base 2016 Groups are subdivided into 43 subgroups, 101 classes and 219 subclasses; 57 headings and 29 Special Groups.

The 12 groups that make up the CPI and its weightings for 2017 are:

Group Sectors Weightings (%)
1 Food and non-alcoholic beverages 19.77
2 Alcoholic beverages and tobacco 3.02
3 Clothing and footwear 6.73
4 Housing 13.30
5 Furniture and household equipment 5.88
6 Health 3.96
7 Transport 14.67
8 Communications 3.60
9 Recreation and culture 8.52
10 Education 1.68
11 Hotels, cafes and restaurants 12.12
12 Others 6.75