Time series and chain-linking

Time series

Price trends have been monitored and measured in Austria since the 18th century. A weighting scheme was first calculated in 1912 in conjunction with a consumer survey among employee households in Vienna.

The Retail Trade Price Index 1938 (RPI) was actually only calculated from the year 1948 onwards and continued until February 1959. The weightings were based on the expenditure of a working-class family of four in Vienna. The consumer basket was divided into nine main groups. After that new CPI series were compiled in 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 each based on a Household Budget Survey conducted in the year t-1 and are divided into twelve main groups. With the publication of the CPI 2020 fourteen different index series based on the national concept are available. The CPI basket of goods and services was revised, among other sources, with data from the Household Budget Survey 2019/2020. The new basket weighting scheme is used for index production starting with January 2021.


Pre-existing CPI series are traditionally chained so that historical time series can be directly compared with actual price trends. In this way price index series for long time periods are established enabling users to observe historical price trends and to apply them for indexation of long-term contractual monetary claims. Specifically, this means that the familiar CPI series continue to be calculated along the lines of the CPI 2020 and the given chaining coefficients (available only on the German Website).

Please consult our German Website for tables containing further information.

Consumer Price Indices from 1990 to 2020

07.01.2022Inflation in December 2021 expected at 4.3% according to flash estimatePDF34 KB
17.12.2021Inflation increased to 4.3% in November 2021 (HICP: 4.1%) PDF34 KB
30.11.2021Inflation in November 2021 expected at 4.3% according to flash estimatePDF34 KB
17.11.2021Inflation increased to 3.7% in October 2021 (HICP: 3.7%) PDF34 KB
29.10.2021Inflation in October 2021 expected at 3.6% according to flash estimatePDF34 KB
20.10.2021Inflation increased to 3.3% in September 2021 (HICP: 3.3%) PDF33 KB
01.10.2021Inflation in September 2021 expected at 3.2% according to flash estimatePDF33 KB
17.09.2021Inflation increased to 3.2% in August 2021 (HICP: 3.2%) PDF35 KB
31.08.2021Inflation in August 2021 expected at 3.1% according to flash estimatePDF32 KB
18.08.2021Inflation increased to 2.9% in July 2021 (HICP: 2.8%)PDF33 KB
30.07.2021Inflation in July 2021 expected at 2.7% according to flash estimatePDF33 KB
16.07.2021Inflation remains at 2.8% in June 2021 (HICP: 2.8%)PDF35 KB
30.06.2021Inflation in June 2021 expected at 2.7% according to flash estimatePDF33 KB
17.06.2021Inflation increased to 2.8% in May 2021 (HICP: 3.0%) PDF34 KB
01.06.2021Inflation in May 2021 expected at 2.8% according to flash estimatePDF33 KB
19.05.2021Inflation decreased to 1.9% in April 2021 (HICP: 1.9%) PDF35 KB
30.04.2021Inflation in April 2021 expected at 1.9% according to flash estimatePDF32 KB
16.04.2021Inflation increased to 2.0% in March 2021 (HICP: 2.0%) PDF35 KB
31.03.2021Inflation in March 2021 expected at 2.0% according to flash estimatePDF33 KB
17.03.2021Inflation increased to 1.2% in February 2021 (HICP: 1.4%) PDF35 KB
23.02.2021Inflation decreased to 0.8% in January 2021 (HICP: 1.0%)PDF33 KB
20.01.2021Average annual inflation rate of consumer prices at +1.4% in 2020 (HICP: 1.4%)PDF123 KB

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