The CPI compiled in January 2005 is 239.2 points (May 1988=100), 0.08% higher than in the previous month. The CPI less housing cost is 229.2 points, 0.56% lower than in December.

Due to winter sales the prices of clothing and footwear fell by 10% (effect on the CPI -0.56%) and the prices of furniture and various housing equipment fell by 3.3% (-0.18%). The prices of petrol and diesel oil fell by 5.7% (-0.24%).

Housing prices rose by 2.9% (0.39%), charges for public services rose by 4.4% (0.32%) and charges and fees for other services rose by 1.0% (0.22%).  

The CPI in January 2005 is 4.0% higher than in January 2004 and the CPI less housing cost is 2.1% higher. The CPI rose by 0.8% over the last three months equivalent to an annual inflation of 3.1% (CPI less housing cost minus 1.0%). 

The average of the CPI year 2004 was 234.6 points, 3.2% higher than the 2003 year?s average. Similar rise was 2.1% for year 2003 and 4.8% for year 2002.

The CPI less housing cost was on average 227.5 points, 2.1% higher than the average year 2003. Similar rise was 0.7% for year 2003 and 4.6% for year 2002.

The credit term index in February 2005 is 239.2 points. The old credit term index is 4,723 points in February 2005.


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