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Inflation at 3.5% for August 2008

in Bank of Canada, Inflation

Yikes, now that is real inflation, with the CPI being announced at 3.5% for August 2007-08, and my first reaction is “yikes“.


Gasoline prices rose 26.3% in August compared with the same month a year earlier. Prices for other energy components, such as natural gas and fuel oil and other fuels, also contributed significantly to the rise in consumer prices. Overall, energy prices rose 20.2% over the 12 months to August 2008.

The increase in the energy price index accounted for about half of the overall increase in the 12-month variation of the CPI in August. Excluding energy, the CPI rose 1.8% over the 12 months to August, up from the 1.6% 12-month rate of growth posted for July.

Without price gouging on oil CPI would only be 1.8%, and might even be lower given those prices are increasing most likely to deal with higher energy prices.

The Big Picture

Interesting numbers to mull over, clothing prices continue to drop as well, very interesting to me.

Consumer Price Index and major components
(2002=100)
Relative importance1 August 2008 July 2008 August 2007 July to August 2008 August 2007 to August 2008
Unadjusted
% change
All-items 100.00 2 115.6 115.8 111.7 -0.2 3.5
Food 17.04 116.8 116.5 111.8 0.3 4.5
Shelter 26.62 123.8 123.3 117.6 0.4 5.3
Household operations and furnishings 11.10 104.4 104.4 103.5 0.0 0.9
Clothing and footwear 5.36 93.7 93.3 95.4 0.4 -1.8
Transportation 19.88 123.1 125.7 116.3 -2.1 5.8
Health and personal care 4.73 109.3 108.5 107.6 0.7 1.6
Recreation, education and reading 12.20 103.5 103.2 102.9 0.3 0.6
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products 3.07 127.5 127.6 126.1 -0.1 1.1
All-items (1992=100) 137.6 137.8 132.9 -0.1 3.5
Special aggregates
Goods 48.78 111.5 112.1 107.7 -0.5 3.5
Services 51.22 119.6 119.4 115.6 0.2 3.5
All-items excluding food and energy 73.57 110.5 110.4 109.2 0.1 1.2
Energy 9.38 164.0 169.1 136.4 -3.0 20.2
Core CPI3 82.71 112.0 111.7 110.1 0.3 1.7
2005 CPI basket weights at April 2007 prices, Canada : Effective May 2007. Detailed weights are available under the Documentation section of survey 2301 at (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/english/sdds/index.htm).
Figures may not add to 100% due to rounding.
The measure of Core Consumer Price Index (CPI ) excludes from the All-items CPI the effect of changes in indirect taxes and eight of the most volatile components identified by the Bank of Canada: fruit, fruit preparations and nuts; vegetables and vegetable preparations; mortgage interest cost; natural gas; fuel oil and other fuel; gasoline; inter-city transportation; and tobacco products and smokers’ supplies. For additional information on Core CPI, please consult the Bank of Canada Web site (http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/inflation/index.htm).

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