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From January 1999, the Retail Price Index (RPI) First Release and the Harmonised
Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) First Release were combined to form a single
Consumer Price Indices First Release following the advancement of the HICP
Users should note there were no changes to either
the data or methodology for the RPI or HICP. The changes were purely
presentational. Users wanting RPI or HICP information contained in the RPI or
HICP First Releases should remember to access the Consumer Price Index First
Release for information from January 1999.