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 and 2010 each based on a Household Budget Survey conducted in the year t-1. With the publication of the CPI 2015 thirteen different index series based on the national concept are available. For the CPI 2015 a revised basket with weights was built. The data of Household Budget Survey 2014/2015 will be ready in autumn 2016 afterwards they will be added to the basket and weights of the CPI 2015 starting at the beginning of 2017.


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 2015 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 2019

16.10.2020Inflation increased to 1.5% in September 2020 (HICP: 1.3%)PDF34 KB
17.09.2020Inflation decreased to 1.4% in August 2020 (HICP: 1.4%)PDF34 KB
19.08.2020Inflation increased to 1.7% in July 2020 (HICP: 1.8%)PDF37 KB
17.07.2020Inflation increased to 1.1% in June 2020 (HICP: 1.1%)PDF37 KB
17.06.2020Inflation decreased to 0.7% in May 2020 (HICP: 0.6%)PDF37 KB
20.05.2020Inflation decreased to 1.5% in April 2020 (HICP: 1.5%)PDF36 KB
17.04.2020Inflation decreased to 1.6% in March 2020 (HICP: 1.6%)PDF31 KB
18.03.2020Inflation increased to 2.2% in February 2020 (HICP: 2.2%)PDF35 KB
21.02.2020Inflation increased to 2.0% in January 2020 (HICP: 2.2%)PDF35 KB
17.01.2020Average annual inflation rate of consumer prices at +1.5% in 2019 (HICP: 1.5%)PDF141 KB
17.01.2020Inflation increased to 1.7% in December 2019 (HICP: 1.8%)PDF34 KB
18.12.2019Inflation remains at 1.1% in November 2019 (HICP: 1.2%)PDF35 KB
15.11.2019Inflation decreased to 1.1% in October 2019 (HICP: 1.0%)PDF35 KB
16.10.2019Inflation decreased to 1.2% in September 2019 (HICP: 1.2%)PDF35 KB
18.09.2019Inflation increased to 1.5% in August 2019 (HICP: 1.4%)PDF35 KB
19.08.2019Inflation decreased to 1.4% in July 2019 (HICP: 1.4%)PDF35 KB
17.07.2019Inflation decreased to 1.6% in June 2019 (HICP: 1.6%)PDF35 KB
18.06.2019Inflation remains at 1.7% in May 2019 (HICP: 1.7%)PDF35 KB
17.05.2019Inflation decreased to 1.7% in April 2019 (HICP: 1.7%)PDF35 KB
17.04.2019Inflation increased to 1.8% in March 2019 (HICP: 1.7%)PDF35 KB
15.03.2019Inflation decreased to 1.5% in February 2019 (HICP: 1.4%)PDF35 KB
22.02.2019Inflation decreased to 1.7% in January 2019 (HICP: 1.7%)PDF35 KB
17.01.2019Inflation decreased to 1.9% in December 2018 (HICP: 1.7%)PDF35 KB
17.01.2019Average annual inflation rate of consumer prices at 2.0% in 2018 (HICP: 2.1%)PDF141 KB

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