Norway Inflation


Norway: Inflation inches down in October

November 10, 2014

In October, consumer prices rose 0.1% over the previous month, which followed the 0.5% decrease tallied in September. The print was in line with market expectations. According to Statistics Norway, the monthly print mainly reflected much higher prices for clothing and footwear as well as a significant increase in prices for recreation and culture.

Annual headline inflation inched down from 2.1% in September to 2.0% in October, which marked the lowest print in four months. Annual average inflation in October stabilized at September’s 2.1%.

Meanwhile, the core consumer price index, which excludes taxes, fees and energy prices, rose 0.2% in October (September: +0.5% month-on-month). Annual core inflation rose from 2.4% in September to 2.5% in October.

The Central Bank expects inflation to average 2.0% in both 2014 and 2015. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 2.1% in 2014, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s estimate. In 2015, the panel expects inflation to inch up to 2.2%%, which is unchanged over the previous month’s forecast.

Author: Ricard Torné, Lead Economist

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Norway Inflation October 2014

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: Statistics Norway (SN).

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