Hong Kong Inflation Rate 1981-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The inflation rate in Hong Kong was recorded at 3.90 percent in August of 2014. Inflation Rate in Hong Kong averaged 4.57 Percent from 1981 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 16 Percent in October of 1981 and a record low of -6.10 Percent in August of 1999. Inflation Rate in Hong Kong is reported by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong.


Hong Kong Inflation Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.90 4.00 16.00 -6.10 1981 - 2014 Percent Monthly
In Hong Kong, the composite consumer price index is based on a monthly survey conducted throughout the territory. The indicator consists of 980 consumer goods and services classified into 9 major groups. Housing accounts for 31.6 percent of total weight, Food for 27.5 percent and Miscellaneous Services such as education, communications, information and medical care for 15.9 percent. Transport constitutes 8.5 percent of total index; Durable Goods for 5.2 percent; Miscellaneous Goods for 4.2 percent and Clothing and Footwear for 3.4 percent. Electricity, Gas and Water account for 3.1 percent and Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco for the remaining 0.6 percent. This page provides - Hong Kong Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - Hong Kong Inflation Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Hong Kong Inflation Rate Slows Slightly

Hong Kong annual inflation rate eased to 3.9 percent in August of 2014 from 4 percent in July due to lower rental cost pressures and a modest rise in import prices.

Amongst the various CPI components, year-on-year increases in prices were recorded in August 2014 for electricity, gas and water (24.3 percent), mainly because some households had used up the full amount of Government's one-off electricity charge subsidy); alcoholic drinks and tobacco (7.6 percent), mainly due to the increase of tobacco duty); housing (4.9 percent); meals bought away from home (4.7 percent); food (excluding meals bought away from home) (3.1 percent); miscellaneous goods (2.4 percent); transport (2.2 percent) and miscellaneous services (2.1 percent).

On the other hand, year-on-year decrease in prices was recorded in August 2014 for durable goods (-3.6 percent).

A Government spokesman commented that, looking ahead, the relatively mild imported inflation alongside the generally moderate local price pressures should help keep underlying inflation contained in the rest of the year. Nevertheless, headline inflation will likely pick up temporarily in September 2014 on a year-on-year comparison, as the Government's payment of public housing rentals in September last year created a low base of comparison. 

Census and Statistics Department | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/22/2014 9:55:31 AM

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Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-06-23 09:30 AM Hong Kong
Inflation Rate YoY
May 2014 3.7% 3.7% 3.79%
2014-07-21 09:30 AM Hong Kong
Inflation Rate YoY
Jun 2014 3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 3.79%
2014-08-21 09:30 AM Hong Kong
Inflation Rate YoY
Jul 2014 4.0% 3.6% 3.5% 3.7%
2014-09-22 09:30 AM Hong Kong
Inflation Rate YoY
Aug 2014 3.9% 4.0% 3.64%
2014-10-21 09:30 AM Hong Kong
Inflation Rate YoY
Sep 2014 3.9% 3.6% 3.89%

Hong Kong Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 3.90 4.00 16.00 -6.10 Percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 117.60 120.50 120.50 26.30 Index Points [+]
GDP Deflator 102.30 103.40 122.80 16.60 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices 107.40 107.10 114.50 84.70 Index Points [+]
Export Prices 114.60 114.10 115.20 61.70 Index Points [+]
Import Prices 114.20 113.50 115.10 59.30 Index Points [+]
Food Inflation 4.14 4.24 8.88 -0.81 Percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 1.00 0.08 3.05 -2.42 Percent [+]