Consumer Price Index is Trending Up Again October 2009

in Bank of Canada, Consumer Advocacy, Inflation, Stats Canada

Sorry but I am derailing my discussions of Risk until Monday of next week with this week’s CPI numbers coming out and the Random Thoughts for Friday.

CPI Delta Returns to Positive

Yes the CPI for October is up 0.1% year over year (as opposed to last month’s year over year which was negative), this means a modest increase overall in prices, which sounds good, but as usual the numbers may not reflect exactly what is really going on with prices in the marketplace.

CPI up to October this year

Well you might ask the question, how much did energy affect this whole thing? Have a look at this graph:

CPI with and Without Energy
CPI with and Without Energy

Six of Eight Components Up

The bad part about this is that energy still is buffering the index from reflecting real price increases in most areas of the CPI itself. Stats Canada points out:

Major components in the CPI recording price increases in October were: food; household operations, furnishings and equipment; recreation, education and reading; health and personal care; clothing and footwear; and alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

I am getting tired of the price gouging on SIN items like liquor and smokes (luckily lottery ticket prices aren’t going up in prices, or I’d have nothing to buy on Fridays).

Bank of Canada Core Up

The Bank of Canada’s Core rate is at 1.8% year over year, which is creeping into the “optimal” range for the Bank of Canada, but it also means that if prices go up a little bit more (as a percentage), then we might see some action from the central bank in this area (i.e. Bank Rate hikes).

The Big Table

Relative importOctober 2008October 2009
% change
Household operations and furnishings11.10105.2107.92.22.6
Clothing and footwear5.3694.495.0-1.20.6
Health and personal care4.73109.2112.93.93.4
Recreation, education and reading12.20103.0104.51.01.5
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products3.07128.0131.42.62.7
All-items (1992=100)136.3136.4-0.90.1
Special aggregates
All-items excluding food and energy73.57110.6112.00.91.3
Core CPI82.71112.2114.21.51.8

Reader’s Note: Tomorrow will be my regular Random Thoughts post, and the conclusion of my Risk and Life postings will be on Monday.

Inflation in 2009


  • Neil November 19, 2009, 12:07 PM

    Yeah, it’s been a frustrating year. I am an unusually small consumer of energy (live in an apartment, and I drive very little), so my actual cost of living has gone up more substantially than someone whose consumption habits are more in line with the CPI calculation. So the lack of raises that has been justified by a slow economy and no-inflation has just eaten further and further into my savings rate.

    Gahh. Here’s hoping the next year will be better.

    • bigcajunman November 19, 2009, 12:13 PM

      Next year will definitely include at least 365 days, and the sun will rise for most if not all of those days, other than that, I do not wish to prognosticate.

  • Michael James November 19, 2009, 10:49 AM

    Which items in the big table are at record highs?

    • bigcajunman November 19, 2009, 12:12 PM


      Surprisingly the SIN items are at record highs, so yer smokes and booze are pretty darn expensive, while housing and shelter are still high they are off their record highs of a while ago


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Become a Tangerine client today
%d bloggers like this: