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September 12, 2017

In August 2017, the Consumer Price Index rose by 2.9 per cent over the year since August 2016, up slightly from July. The rate has been steadily increasing following a period of relatively low inflation in 2015.

The main contributors to upward pressure on the rate were increases in the prices of clothing and motor fuels.  Airfares were also up, although the increase was smaller than the monthly increase last year, so represented a partially offsetting downward contribution. 

Note: The UK has recently expanded the commentary on CPI to include a second measure, CPIH, that includes the costs associated with owning, maintaining and living in one’s own home, known as owner occupiers’ housing costs (OOH), along with Council Tax. Both of these are significant expenses for many households and are not included in the CPI. CPIH was re-designated as a National Statistics on 31 July 2017.  More information on the CPIH can be found here.

In August 2017, the CPIH  rose by 2.7 per cent over the year since August 2016, up from 2.6 per cent in July 2017.


 Source: United Kingdom Office for National Statistics CPI Report, Statistics Canada CANSIM 326-0020

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