Inflation continues to rumble along, but it’s rate has slowed a little (year over year) from last month dropping from 3.2% from last month to 2.9% this month. This is better news, but still a fairly high number, and a real catalyst for more economic fun and games if it continues at the current rate.
Energy prices increased 11.7% during the 12 months to October, easing from the 12.5% gain in September. On a year-over-year basis, gasoline prices rose 18.2%, after advancing 22.7% in September. Prices for fuel oil increased 22.1% in October, following a 27.4% rise the month before. Prices for electricity rose while prices for natural gas continued to decline.
We continue to be at the mercy of spiralling energy prices, and its domino effect on other areas, and we see that food continues to increase at about a 4.0% rate (year over year), which is bad too.
Without energy and food CPI is running at 1.5%, but in my opinion those two are the two key parts of the entire Index. Gas prices are actually stabilizing (in Ottawa at least), but I suspect as the Christmas season looms on the horizon more pricing shenanigans may start-up again.
Bank of Canada’s Core Index
Seeing as the B of C is kind enough to keep their own version of CPI we should acknowledge it:
The Bank of Canada’s core index rose 2.1% in the 12 months to October, following a 2.2% gain in September. Increases were recorded for food purchased from restaurants, passenger vehicle insurance premiums and for the purchase of passenger vehicles.
The seasonally adjusted monthly core index increased 0.2% in October, after rising 0.3% in September.
This rate being only at 2.1% means the Bank won’t be as worried about raising interest rates (yet).
The Big Table
You can find this version of the big table here, but I include it for your reading pleasure.
|Relative import¹||October 2010||September 2011||October 2011||Sept to Oct 2011||Oct 2010 to Oct 2011|
|All-items Consumer Price Index (CPI)||100.00²||117.4||120.6||120.8||0.2||2.9|
|Household operations, furnishings and equipment||11.55||109.3||111.6||111.9||0.3||2.4|
|Clothing and footwear||5.31||94.9||95.0||96.1||1.2||1.3|
|Health and personal care||4.95||116.0||117.5||117.4||-0.1||1.2|
|Recreation, education and reading||11.20||105.2||106.9||106.0||-0.8||0.8|
|Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products||2.91||134.5||135.9||135.8||-0.1||1.0|
|All-items CPI excluding energy||89.92||115.5||117.8||117.9||0.1||2.1|
|All-items CPI excluding food and energy||73.93||113.9||115.5||115.6||0.1||1.5|