Consumer Price Index, January, 2015, published February 26, (2002=100)

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The Consumer Price Index rose by 1.0% in January compared with January 2014, down from  the 1.5% rate of annualized increase in December.   

The CPI in January for goods was down 0.2% from a year earlier while the CPI for services rose 2.1%.

Gasoline prices decreased 26.9% from January 2014, after falling 16.6% in December.  Overall, energy prices fell 12.9% between January 2014 and January 2015, following a 6.4%  annualized rate of increase in December.  Excluding energy, the annualized Consumer Price Index rose 2.3% in January, up from 2.2% in December.

Food prices rose 4.6% (the largest annualized gain since November, 2011) in the 12 months to January, after a 3.7% rate of annualized increase was posted in December.  The cost of  food purchased from stores in the 12 months to January grew by 5.4%,  up from a 4.2% increase in December.  Prices for fresh vegetables and fresh fruits posted higher year-over-year increases than those reported in December.  Prices for food purchased from restaurants advanced 2.8% on a year-over-year basis, following annualized growth of 2.5% is in November.

Costs associated with shelter rose 2.0% in January over January 2014 after increasing 2.4% in December.  Consumers paid 13.9% more for natural gas after a 16.5% annualized rate of increase in December.  In contrast, consumers paid 21.1% less for fuel oil than they did in January 2014

Consumers paid 2.0% more for household operations, furnishings and equipment in January compared to January 2014, down from the 2.7% rate of increase recorded in December.

Transportation prices fell 5.3% in the 12 months to January 2015, following a 2.8% decrease in December as gasoline prices continued to decline.  Conversely, consumers paid 1.2% more on a year-over-year basis for the purchase of passenger vehicles, after paying 1.6% more in December.

In the 12 months to January 2015, consumer prices rose in six provinces.  The CPI grew the most in both Ontario (+1.6%), followed by Saskatchewan with an annualized rate of 1.4%.    The largest decline occurred in Prince Edward Island (-1.9%).  The CPI in Quebec was up 0.7% from January 2014.