In January 2019 import prices were on average the same as in the previous month and 1.6% higher than a year ago.
Import prices in January 2019 the same as in the previous month
Compared to December 2018, in January 2019 import prices were on average the same. At the monthly level, the prices of products supplied from the euro area were unchanged, while the prices of products imported from the non-euro area were higher by 0.1%.
As regards groups of activities showing the dynamics of prices by end-use, in January 2019 energy prices increased by 0.8% and capital goods prices by 0.6%, while intermediate goods prices decreased by 0.5% and consumer goods prices by 0.3%.
The biggest increase in January 2019 was observed in the group electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning (by 6.3%). Import prices decreased the most in the group crude petroleum and natural gas and in the group leather and related products (each by 2.5%).
Import prices 1.6% higher than a year ago
From January 2018 to January 2019 import prices increased by 1.6%. In the same period the prices of products supplied from the euro area went up by 0.8% and the prices of products imported from the non-euro area by 2.7%.The prices of imports increased the most in the group electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning (by 36.3%) and decreased the most in the group leather and related products (by 7.5%).
Import price indices, Slovenia
In January 2019 we implemented some methodological changes regarding the import price indices such as weights, the list of products and reporting units.
The weights are based on the customs declarations (Extrastat) and statistical forms (Intrastat) covered by external trade statistics for 2017. For the mentioned recalculation in 2017 the index December 2018 / Ø2017 was used.The sample of reporting units includes 432 enterprises which report monthly for 1,779 products.