Core inflation in August 2020
NBP data: In August 2020, inflation net of food and energy prices amounted to 4.0%. In the period under analysis, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 2.9% (y/y).
On 16 September 2020, Narodowy Bank Polski published data on core inflation indices in August 2020. In year-on-year terms, inflation:
- net of administered (state-controlled) prices, amounted to 2.0%, compared to 2.1% a month earlier;
- net of the most volatile prices, amounted to 3.4%, the same as the month before;
- net of food and energy prices, amounted to 4.0%, compared to 4.3% a month earlier;
- the so-called 15% trimmed mean, excluding the impact of 15% of the price basket characterised by the lowest and highest growth rates, amounted to 3.2%, compared to 3.3% a month earlier.
In August 2020, CPI inflation decreased to 2.9% y/y (by 0.1 percentage points from July 2020). The decrease in the CPI was driven by weaker food price growth (by 0.9 percentage points, to 3.0% y/y, mainly as a result of a continued decline in the prices of unprocessed food) and weaker growth in the prices of services (by 0.7 percentage points, to 6.6% y/y, mainly on the back of weaker growth in the prices of services related to recreation, among other things, air transport, package tourism services, restaurants and hotels). On the other hand, growth in energy prices picked up (by 1.5 percentage points, to -1.5% y/y, as a result of a rise in the price of fuel for private means of transport – an effect of a rise in oil prices) and prices of non-food products grew slightly (by 0.2 percentage points, to 1.9% y/y).
Narodowy Bank Polski computes the four core inflation indices on a monthly basis to highlight the nature of inflation developments in Poland. The CPI shows average price movements across the whole broad basket of consumer goods. When calculating core inflation indices, price changes in various segments of the basket are analysed. This helps to better identify the sources of inflation and forecast future trends more accurately. This also helps to find to what degree inflation is permanent and to what extent it is determined, for example, by price changes of a short duration triggered by incidental factors.
The core inflation measure most frequently used by analysts in inflation targeting is inflation net of food and energy prices. It captures trends in the prices of those goods and services which are fairly responsive to the central bank’s monetary policy. On the other hand, energy prices (including fuel prices) are not set domestically but determined in the global markets, sometimes as a result of speculation. Food prices are largely dependent on, among other things, the weather and conditions prevailing in the domestic and global agricultural market.
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