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Consumer Price Index


Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO)

Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Dataset
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is designed to measure the change in the average level of prices (inclusive of all indirect taxes) paid for consumer goods and services by all private households in the country and by foreign tourists holidaying in Ireland. Over 55,000 prices are collected for a representative basket consisting of 613 headings that cover over 1,000 different items in a fixed panel of retail and service outlets throughout the country on the second Tuesday of each month. The index has been rebased with effect from December 2001, the ninth series since the foundation of the State. The CPI does not include the expenditure of persons in institutions and non-private households. Expenditure that occurs abroad by Irish residents is also excluded. In statistical terms coverage is referred to as the domestic concept. Pricing takes place in 86 locations (cities and towns) throughout the country. These sampling points are located in Dublin city and county, the four regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, 90% of towns with a population of 10,000 and over, 88% of towns between 5,000 and 9,999 and a smaller proportion below this threshold. The results are weighted to represent the distribution of the population and its related consumer expenditure. To ensure greater comparability CPI and the HICP (the European inflation measure) now both use the COICOP/HICP classification (Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose). The COICOP classification is based on 12 main subgroups. The second subgroup is called “Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco”. This includes alcoholic beverages purchased in off licences and supermarkets but excludes alcohol consumed on or within a licensed premises. Alcohol consumed on or within a licensed premises is classified under subgroup 11: “Restaurants and Hotels”. This subgroup also includes meals in restaurants and hotels; fast food and takeaways;cafes; canteens, and accommodation services supplied by hotels, guesthouses and hostels.



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Suggested citation:

Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO). (2011) Consumer Price Index [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th September 2019].


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