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Release: Consumer Price Inflation, December 2015

Released: 19 January 2016 (Latest) Next edition: 16 February 2016


James Tucker

Prices, ONS

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456900 Recorded Message: +44 (0) 800 0113703

Categories: Economy, Prices, Output and Productivity, Price Indices and Inflation, Consumer Price Indices, Consumer Prices Index, Retail Prices Index

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 0.2% in the year to December 2015, compared with a 0.1% rise in the year to November 2015.

  • Although this is the first month since January 2015 for which the rate has exceeded 0.1%, this continues the trend since early 2015 of the rate being very close to zero.

  • Movements in transport costs, particularly air fares and to a lesser extent motor fuels, were the main contributors to the rise in the rate.

  • Downward pressures from prices for alcohol and tobacco along with food and non-alcoholic beverages partially offset the rise.

  • CPIH (not a National Statistic) grew by 0.5% in the year to December 2015, up from 0.4% in November 2015.

The Retail Prices Index (not a National Statistic) grew by 1.2% in the year ending December 2015, up from from 1.1% in November 2015.

The Consumer Price indices datasets contains percentage changes and weights for the CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ and the components that make up these indices.

Consumer Price Inflation reference tables, December 2015: Measures of inflation data including CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ. These tables complement the Consumer Price Inflation time series data sets also available on our ONS website.

Personal Inflation Calculator (PIC): This interactive application allows you to enter your own spending patterns to generate a personal inflation figure. (Note - requires an SVG-enabled web browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome). Further information on the PIC, including how the calculator works and how to calculate your personal inflation rate, can be found in the article ‘The Personal Inflation Calculator’ on the Labour and Market Review (476.1 Kb Pdf) web page.

Further information on Consumer Price Inflation: A web page for consumer price inflation methodology was launched on 14 July 2014. The page brings together details of the methodology used to construct the indices, articles, videos and infographics on various aspects of the CPI, CPIH, RPI and RPIJ.

Advisory Panels for Consumer Price Statistics (APCP) Homepage: This page contains links to minutes and papers of the National Statistician's technical and stakeholder advisory panels on consumer price statistics.

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