Dáil Éireann - Volume 568 - 10 June, 2003

Written Answers. - Consumer Price Index.

  187. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Taoiseach the items priced in respect of food products in making up the consumer price index; the price in euro of each item involved in the most recently published index; and the corresponding price 12 months earlier. [15323/03]

  188. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Taoiseach the food items priced in respect of the agricultural prices index and the wholesale price index; the [195] price in euro of each item involved in the most recently published index; and the corresponding price 12 months earlier. [15324/03]

  Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Ms Hanafin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 together.

  The Central Statistics Office uses three separate sets of indices to monitor the trends in food prices. Each source of data is designed to measure a specific stage of the whole production process from farm through factory gate and on to the final consumer. The agricultural output price index monitors trends in prices paid to farmers for their produce. Monthly and annual indices are produced for the main livestock categories and agricultural products. The CSO publishes absolute monthly prices for selected products only. The wholesale price index, WPI, is designed to measure, in index form, the monthly changes in prices received by Irish manufacturers for goods [196] fully or partially produced in Ireland and sold to home or export markets. Some 41% of the food products produced in Ireland are sold to the home market, while the remaining 59% are destined for the export market. Monthly and annual indices are published for ten aggregated food categories. National average prices are not compiled within the wholesale price index.

  The consumer price index, CPI, is designed to measure, in index form, the monthly changes in the cost of purchasing a fixed representative basket of consumer goods and services by all private households in the country and by tourists on holiday within the territory of Ireland. Monthly and annual indices are published for 46 aggregated food categories. National average prices are compiled for 50 individual food items. The available absolute prices for agricultural products and food products purchased by the consumer are given in tables 1 and 2. In addition, index numbers for the three series are given in tables 3,4 and 5.

Table 1. Agriculture Monthly Absolute Prices for March 2002 and March 2003

Product

Unit

March-02

March-03

Bullocks – 200-249kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

208.25

200.10

Bullocks – 250-299kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

188.19

174.79

Bullocks – 300-349kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

176.99

163.35

Bullocks – 350-399kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

169.83

160.48

Bullocks – 400-449kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

165.82

158.51

Bullocks – 450-499kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

159.53

149.11

Bullocks – 500-549kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

152.09

143.11

Bullocks – 550kg+ liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

142.04

139.21

Heifers – 200-249kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

151.35

137.59

Heifers – 250-299kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

150.69

136.34

Heifers – 300-349kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

151.85

136.09

Heifers – 350-399kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

150.69

136.34

Heifers – 400-499kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per 100 kg)

145.13

134.09

Sheep – 30-39kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per kg)

  2.20

  1.58

Sheep – 40-49kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per kg)

  2.00

  1.79

Sheep – 50-59kg liveweight (including VAT)

(€ per kg)

  1.95

  1.75

Milk, Actual Butterfat (including VAT)

(€ per litre)

  0.27

  0.27

Milk, 3.7% Butterfat (including VAT)

(€ per litre)

  0.27

  0.27

Hens' Eggs (including VAT)

(€ per 120)

  6.61

  6.23

Table 2. National Average Prices for Food Items March 2002 and March 2003 (Source CPI)

Food

Unit

March-02

March-03

Beef

Round Steak

1KG

 8.791

 8.876

Sirloin Steak

1KG

12.524

12.743

Striploin Steak

1KG

16.998

17.762

Roast Beef – Topside/Rib

1KG

 8.495

 8.509

Sliced/Diced Beef Pieces

1KG

 7.244

 7.415

Lamb

Whole leg

1KG

10.332

 9.449

Loin chops

1KG

17.382

15.810

Gigot chops

1KG

10.666

 9.303

Lamb Pieces incl. Neck

1KG

 6.581

 6.286

Liver

1KG

 5.259

 5.392

Pork

Fillet/Half Leg

1KG

 6.729

 6.577

Roast Loin

1KG

 8.627

 9.119

Loin chops

1KG

 8.654

 9.010

Steak

1KG

11.740

11.804

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Food

Unit

March-02

March-03

Bacon

Best back rashers

1KG

 9.778

10.815

Ham fillet

1KG

 8.684

 9.073

Collar

1KG

 5.869

 5.896

Other Meat

Cooked ham

1KG

13.105

14.383

Pork sausages

1KG

 4.498

 4.812

Fresh Fish

Fillets of whiting

1KG

 7.92

 8.894

Cod fillets

1KG

13.675

13.327

Salmon Steak

1KG

11.761

12.291

Fillets of plaice

1KG

14.724

16.684

Smoked Fish

Smoked Salmon

1KG

19.289

23.073

Fresh Vegetables

Potatoes

  2.5KG

 3.033

 3.246

Potatoes

10KG 

 5.817

 6.926

Tomatoes

1KG

 3.495

 2.606

Onions

1KG

 1.295

 1.315

Broccoli

1KG

 3.451

 3.420

Carrots

1KG

 1.245

 1.363

Mushrooms

1KG

 3.954

 4.099

Fresh Fruit

Grapes

1KG

 4.260

 4.178

Bananas

1KG

 1.496

 1.489

Milk

Fresh, pasteurised full fat

1 Ltr.

 0.844

 0.856

Fresh, pasteurised low fat

1 Ltr.

 0.848

 0.857

Cheese

Irish cheddar

1KG

 8.792

 9.003

Butter

1 lb.

 1.958

 1.952

Eggs

Large (grade 2)

Dozen

 2.397

 2.446

Standard (grade 3)

Dozen

 2.088

 2.121

Bread

White, sliced (large)

800g

 1.005

 1.084

Brown, sliced (large)

800g

 1.111

 1.189

Flour

White, plain

2KG

 1.244

 1.267

White, self-raising

2KG

 1.257

 1.272

Brown, wholemeal

2KG

 1.305

 1.303

Sugar

White Granulated

1KG

 1.106

 1.113

Tea

Bags

80

 2.423

 2.540

Spaghetti

500g

 0.931

 0.966

Preserves

Jam

1 lb.

 1.516

 1.565

Marmalade

1 lb.

 1.453

 1.564

Orange Juice

1 Litre

 1.493

 1.558

[198] [199] Table 3. Agricultural Output Price Index¹

Period

2002

March

2003

March

March 03-

March 02

Weights

Total outputs index

93.6

90.4

-3.5%

100

Livestock

Finished cattle

84.1

77.8

-7.4%

25.0099

Cows for slaughter

67.5

65.6

-2.8%

4.8558

Store cattle

95.6

88.9

-7.1%

4.9973

Total cattle

83.4

77.8

-6.7%

35.4025

Sheep

150.8138.6-8.1%5.7209Pigs

90.686.7-4.3%7.053Poultry

91.492.91.7%3.171Total

92.486.7-6.1%51.3474Livestock ProductsMilk

94.692.7-2.0%35.4182Total

94.392.5-1.9%36.2485Livestock and Livestock products

93.289.1-4.3%87.5959Crop ProductsCereals

79.870.5-11.7%4.2628Sugarbeet

102.2103.20.9%1.9577Potatoes

79.0122.354.9%1.8529Vegetables

121.7118.7-2.4%3.9873Total

96.899.32.6%12.4042  ¹Excluding VAT

Table 4. Food Products – Wholesale Price Indices April 2003

Weights %

April 2003 Index

Monthly % Change

Annual % Change

Sector

%

Within

Food

Prod-

ucts

H

E

H

E

T

H

E

T

Meat and meat products

51

49

24

103.1

96.5

99.7

+0.6

+0.3

+0.4

-5.0

-4.2

-4.7

Fish and Fish Products

n/a4

n/a

2

n/a

n/a

105.5

n/a

n/a

-4.4

n/a

n/a

-11.9

Fruit and vegetables

n/a

n/a

1

n/a

n/a

121.7

n/a

n/a

+1.8

n/a

n/a

+11.1

Dairy Products

66

34

22

100.7

87.9

95.5

+0.7

-4.4

-0.9

+0.9

-12.0

-2.9

Grain milling, starches and animal feed

87

13

7

105.0

95.4

103.9

+0.1

-0.3

+0.1

-0.6

-6.7

-1.2

Other food products

16

84

44

107.5

98.7

100.2

+0.1

+0.1

-

+2.2

-10.8

-8.6

Food Products

41

59

100

104.1

96.2

99.5

+0.6

-0.6

-0.1

-0.9

-8.7

-5.4

  ¹H = Home sales

  ²E = Export Sales

  ³T = Total Sales

  4Data not available due to confidentiality requirements

[200] [201] Table 5. Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Consumer Price Indices April 2003

Description

Dec. 2001 base expenditure weight %

Current Index

% change 1 mth

% change 12 mths

Food

12.7541

103.0

0.0

2.1

Bread and Cereals

2.4351

104.4

0.1

3.6

Bread

0.7932

105.3

-0.4

2.8

Flour

0.0349

101.5

0.1

0.8

Biscuits

0.4149

107.4

1.8

6.3

Cakes

0.4370

106.3

-0.8

6.7

Breakfast cereals

0.3592

100.9

-0.2

1.8

Other cereals

0.1698

102.4

0.5

3.1

Other bread & cereals

0.2263

99.9

0.7

-0.6

Meat

3.8238

100.2

-0.1

-0.1

Beef

0.7427

103.0

0.1

1.5

Lamb

0.3222

96.2

2.0

-6.7

Pork

0.2327

101.2

0.5

0.3

Bacon

0.5459

98.3

-0.9

-0.6

Poultry

0.7558

96.4

-1.2

-2.7

Other meat products

1.2245

102.7

0.4

2.6

Fish

0.3475

104.0

-0.5

1.6

Fresh fish

0.1522

105.1

-1.4

2.7

Frozen/tinned/smoked fish

0.1954

103.2

0.4

0.8

Milk, cheese and eggs

1.7813

101.8

-0.3

1.8

Milk

0.9658

100.7

-0.7

0.2

Other milk products

0.3633

103.2

-1.7

3.9

Cheese

0.3103

104.2

3.1

4.9

Eggs

0.1419

101.1

0.5

0.6

Oils and fats

0.3720

103.1

-0.6

4.0

Butter

0.2294

102.7

-1.0

3.8

Margarine & low fat spreads

0.0706

103.8

-0.8

4.6

Other oils & fats

0.0720

103.5

0.6

3.7

Fruit

0.6780

100.1

1.4

0.0

Fresh fruit

0.5882

99.2

1.7

-0.6

Other fruits

0.0897

106.2

0.1

4.1

Vegetables

1.6534

105.2

-0.5

0.5

Potatoes

0.3644

108.8

-2.8

2.6

Other fresh vegetables

0.6260

106.2

0.8

-2.6

Tinned vegetables

0.1308

106.7

-0.7

8.4

Frozen vegetables

0.1738

104.5

0.6

1.5

Other vegetable products

0.3584

99.8

-0.4

0.6

Sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionery

1.2890

107.8

0.5

7.3

Sugar & sweeteners

0.0881

99.8

0.2

0.7

Preserves

0.0898

107.1

0.6

6.1

Sweets & chocolate

0.8708

107.8

0.3

8.1

Desserts & icecream

0.2404

110.7

0.6

6.6

Other food products

0.3739

105.2

0.6

5.0

Condiments & sauces

0.1924

105.2

0.4

4.7

Soup

0.1011

105.4

1.0

6.0

Miscellaneous food items

0.0804

104.3

1.2

4.1

Non-alcoholic beverages

1.3380

104.4

0.1

3.8

Coffee, tea and cocoa

0.3108

101.7

-0.3

3.6

Tea

0.2007

104.0

0.1

6.0

Coffee

0.0980

97.0

-1.2

-1.1

Cocoa

0.0120

100.5

-0.1

0.6

Mineral waters, soft drinks & juices

1.0273

105.2

0.2

3.7

Soft drinks, mineral water

0.7641

105.4

-0.1

3.2

Fruit juices

0.2632

104.4

1.0

5.2

Total

14.0921

103.1

0.0

2.2

  Note: Data on National Average Prices are always published one month in arrears.

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