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Consumer Price Index
Consumer Price Index (2002=100) August 2014
  Nova Scotia Canada
CPI by Component August'14 Index % Change from July'14 %Change August'13

August'14 index

% Change from July'14 %Change from August'13
All-Items 129.0 0.1 1.9 125.7 0.0 2.1
Food 141.9 -0.4 1.5 135.9 -0.4 2.2
Shelter 141.1 -0.2 2.2 132.4 -0.2 2.8
Household Operations & Furnishings 117.6 1.0 1.9 117.5 1.0 3.0
Clothing & Footwear 94.8 1.4 4.3 92.1 0.3 0.5
Transportation 125.7 -0.5 1.0 130.8 -0.5 1.2
Health & Personal Care 116.6 0.0 1.5 119.2 0.3 0.9
Recreation, Education & Reading 111.7 0.5 2.2 109.4 0.5 1.4
Alcoholic Beverages &
Tobacco Products
178.1 1.1 4.8 148.4 0.9 5.7
     Energy 183.0 -1.7 2.5 168.3 -2.1 3.3
     All-items excluding Energy 123.1 0.3 1.9 122.4 0.2 2.0
     All-items excluding Food & Energy 118.7 0.5 2.0 119.4 0.4 2.0
             

 

Nova Scotia’s consumer price index (CPI) was up 0.1 percent from July, reaching 129.0 in August 2014. National CPI was unchanged month to month, remaining at 125.7.  Halifax’s CPI was up 0.2 per cent from July to 127.7.

Nova Scotia’s CPI increased 1.9 per cent over August 2013. National CPI increased 2.1 per cent. Halifax’s CPI increased 2.0 per cent.

After excluding food and energy, the Nova Scotia CPI increased  2.0 per cent in August, the same as  the national average on a year over year basis. Excluding food and energy, Alberta had the highest price increase in the country on a year over year basis (2.7%). All provinces saw year over year increases this month.  

Canada’s core CPI (which excludes volatile commodity prices) increased 2.1 per cent compared to August 2013 and sits at 123.7 this month.

Main contributors to monthly (August 2014 vs. July 2014) NS CPI movement:
 
-Children's clothing (+8.3%)
 
-Footwear (+4.1%)
 
-Men's clothing (-3.9%)
 
-Fresh Vegetables (-10.7%)
 
Main contributors to annual (August 2014 vs. August 2013) NS CPI movement:
 
-Footwear (+13.0%)
 
-Fuel oil and other fuels (+10.9%)
 
-Fresh vegetables (-6.8%)
 
-Home entertainment equipment, parts and services (-7.1%)
 
 
Analysis of Nova Scotia's Consumer Price Index for August 2014
 
At 1.9 per cent year over year, Nova Scotia's consumer price index was below the national average of 2.1 per cent from August 2013 to August 2014. Within Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador posted the highest year over year CPI increase (+2.5%). New Brunswick's CPI increased 1.5 per cent and PEI posted an increase of 1.2 per cent.  West of Atlantic Canada, the highest inflation year over year was in Saskatchewan at 2.7 per cent.  
 
This month's 1.9 per cent year over year increase in the Consumer Price Index is in line with the year to date average for Nova Scotia (1.9%). 
 
 
 

Nova Scotia's CPI excluding food and energy rose 2.0 per cent, the same as the national rate on a year over year basis. Price level gains in British Columbia were up 1.1 per cent compared to a year earlier. CPI Excluding food and energy grew the most (+2.7%) in Alberta on a year over year basis. 

The CPI growth for food (year over year) in Nova Scotia was 1.5 per cent, while it was up 2.5 per cent for energy (see the following two charts).  
 

 

 
The following table shows the price increases specific to Nova Scotia for the major components of the CPI this month:
 
 
Long Run Trends
 
The recent year over year trend in the All-Items Consumer Price Index for Nova Scotia shows changes at the national and the provincial level not differing greatly (National staying at 2.0% again this month, and Nova Scotia moving from 2.0% last month to 1.9% this month). While month to month movements in the indices can be different, over time they continue to follow the same overall trend. 
 
This month's year over year trend in CPI less food and energy shows Canada's and Nova Scotia's CPI annual rate rising to 2.0% in August. 
 
 
 
 

SUMMARY TABLES
 
Annual changes in All Items Consumer Price Index, Nova Scotia
  2011 2012 2013 2014
CPI All-Items 2002=100
January 120.4 123.7 125.4 127.4
February 120.9 124.3 126.7 128.4
March 122.3 125.3 126.7 128.9
April 122.9 126.1 126.8 129.1
May 123.2 125.6 126.4 129.5
June 122.5 124.8 126.4 129.2
July 122.8 124.5 126.4 128.9
August 123.2 125.0 126.6 129.0
September 123.8 125.7 127.3  
October 123.9 125.6 126.7  
November 124.0 125.5 126.7  
December 122.7 124.9 126.7  
Annual Average 122.7 125.1 126.6 128.8
  change from same month, previous year
CPI All-Items 2011 2012 2013 2014
January 3.0% 2.7% 1.4% 1.6%
February 3.4% 2.8% 1.9% 1.3%
March 3.9% 2.5% 1.1% 1.7%
April 4.2% 2.6% 0.6% 1.8%
May 4.6% 1.9% 0.6% 2.5%
June 4.4% 1.9% 1.3% 2.2%
July 3.5% 1.4% 1.5% 2.0%
August 3.8% 1.5% 1.3% 1.9%
September 4.2% 1.5% 1.3%  
October 3.9% 1.4% 0.9%  
November 3.7% 1.2% 1.0%  
December 2.8% 1.8% 1.4%  
Annual Average Growth * 3.8% 2.0% 1.2%  
*Statistics Canada Calculation        

 

Annual changes in All Items Excluding Food and Energy Consumer Price Index, Nova Scotia
  2011 2012 2013 2014
  2002=100
January 113.0 113.9 115.7 117.1
February 113.1 114.3 116.1 118.1
March 113.9 115.1 116.6 118.5
April 113.9 115.8 116.9 118.6
May 114.4 115.9 116.8 118.9
June 113.5 115.4 116.5 118.3
July 113.8 114.9 116.4 118.1
August 114.2 115.1 116.4 118.7
September 115.3 115.7 117.5  
October 115.3 115.9 117.3  
November 115.3 116.1 117.0  
December 113.9 115.8 116.7  
Annual Average 114.1 115.3 116.7 118.3
  change from same month, previous year
CPI All-Items Excl Food and Energy 2011 2012 2013 2014
January 2.1% 0.8% 1.6% 1.2%
February 1.8% 1.1% 1.6% 1.7%
March 2.0% 1.1% 1.3% 1.6%
April 1.6% 1.7% 0.9% 1.5%
May 2.2% 1.3% 0.8% 1.8%
June 1.6% 1.7% 1.0% 1.5%
July 0.9% 1.0% 1.3% 1.5%
August 1.2% 0.8% 1.1% 2.0%
September 1.7% 0.3% 1.6%  
October 1.8% 0.5% 1.2%  
November 1.6% 0.7% 0.8%  
December 0.8% 1.7% 0.8%  
Annual Average Growth * 1.6% 1.1% 1.2%  
*Statistics Canada Calculation        

Data Source: Statistics Canada "Consumer Price Index". CANSIM Table 326-0020, Table 326-0021 (Annual)

This monthly publication reports the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and its major components for Nova Scotia. It highlights the current month CPI, comparing it to previous month and same month one year ago. It also includes annual averages of the CPI. This month, the CPI report features additional analysis of Nova Scotia's Consumer Price Index results.

CPI for August 2014 will be released October 17, 2014

Contact: Mike Milloy, milloymz@gov.ns.ca (902-424-8800)

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