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  • 30-July-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 30 July 2013

    Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to June 2013 compared with 1.5% in the year to May 2013.

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  • 2-July-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

    Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.5% in the year to May 2013 compared with 1.3% in the year to April 2013.

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  • 4-June-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 June 2013

    Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.3% in the year to April 2013, the lowest annual inflation rate since October 2009. Energy prices fell to 1.3% in the year to April, compared with an increase of 0.9% in the year to March. On the other hand, annual food price inflation rose by 2.0% in April, up from 1.7% in March. Excluding food and energy, the OECD annual inflation rate slowed to 1.4% in April, compared with 1.6% in March.

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  • 2-May-2013

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    GDP PPPs and Derived Indices for OECD Countries

    Purchasing power parities (PPPs) are the rates of currency conversion that eliminate the differences in price levels between countries. Per capita volume indices based on PPP converted data reflect only differences in the volume of goods and services produced. Comparative price levels are defined as the ratios of PPPs to exchange rates. They provide measures of the differences in price levels between countries. The PPPs are given in

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  • 2-May-2013

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    Comparative Price Levels, OECD

    Monthly comparative price levels are defined as the ratios of PPPs for private final consumption expenditure to exchange rates. The table is to be read vertically. Each column shows the number of specified monetary units needed in each of the countries listed to buy the same representative basket of consumer goods and services. In each case the representative basket costs a hundred units in the country whose currency is specified. The

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  • 30-April-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 30 April 2013

    Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.6% in the year to March 2013, compared with 1.8% in the year to February 2013. This slowdown in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflects slower growth in food and especially in energy prices.

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  • 22-April-2013

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    Handbook on Residential Property Price Indices

    For most citizens, buying a residential property (dwelling) is the most important transaction during their lifetime. Residential properties represent the most significant component of households’ expenses and, at the same time, their most valuable assets. The Residential Property Prices Indices (RPPIs) are index numbers measuring the rate at which the prices of residential properties are changing over time. RPPIs are key statistics not only for citizens and households across the world, but also for economic and monetary policy makers. Among their professional uses, they serve, for example, to monitor macroeconomic imbalances and risk exposure of the financial sector.

    This Handbook provides, for the first time, comprehensive guidelines for the compilation of Residential Property Price Indexes and explains in depth the methods and best practices used to calculate an RPPI. It also examines the underlying economic and statistical concepts and defines the principles guiding the methodological and practical choices for the compilation of the indices. The Handbook primarily addresses official statisticians in charge of producing residential property price indices; at the same time, it addresses the overall requirement on RPPIs by providing a harmonised methodological and practical framework to all parties interested in the compilation of such indices.

    The RPPIs Handbook has been written by leading academics in index number theory and by recognised experts in RPPIs compilation. Its development has been co-ordinated by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, with the collaboration of the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Bank.

  • 3-April-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

    Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

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  • 5-March-2013

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 5 March 2013

    This easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected the slower growth in energy prices, which increased by 1.8% in the year to January, down from 2.9% in the year to December.

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  • 3-December-2012

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    EUROSTAT-OECD Methodological manual on purchasing power parities (PPPs)

    The EUROSTAT-OECD Methodological manual on purchasing power parities has three aims: first, to explain to those engaged directly in the Programme; second, to enable these practitioners to brief their senior management and significant users - such as politicians, journalists, academics and the like - on the why and how of the Programme and, more importantly, to advise them on the use and interpretation of comparison results; and third,

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