INFLATION SERIES

PriceStats measures inflation in 22 economies on a daily basis using online prices.

The objective of our series is to anticipate major shifts in inflation trends. We can achieve this because we observe prices in real-time and online prices tend to react to shocks faster than offline prices.

Sector views are available for the United States, including Food & Beverages, Furnishing & Household Equipment, Health & Beauty, Energy & Transportation, and Recreation & Electronics.

Additionally, PriceStats updates daily statistics for targeted regions, including Emerging Markets, Developed Economies and the Eurozone. We also offer a Daily World Inflation Diffusion Index.

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PriceStats distributes the inflation series through State Street, as part of our exclusive partnership. If you are interested in our inflation statistics, please contact us.

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AGGREGATE INFLATION SERIES


PriceStats Aggregate Inflation Series are updated daily and provide daily, monthly and annual inflation rates. The advantage of a high frequency indicator is that you can anticipate short-term official inflation releases. In addition, our research has shown evidence that PriceStats inflation series can anticipate more long-term inflation trends. The potential reasons for this are:

  • It is generally easier and less costly for retailers to adjust prices on their website than in all of their physical stores. This may lead online prices to react faster to shocks than offline prices.
  • Online consumers often have less loyalty, are accustomed to price changes and may have less recollection about past prices. Retailers know this and price their online products accordingly.
  • Online retailing is much more competitive in terms of price comparisons than physical stores. So when inflationary pressures arise, stores tend to change online prices relatively quickly.

The anticipation effect is relevant for both public policy and financial institutions. Proactive public policies and trading strategies can be designed to take advantage of the economic information embedded in the PriceStats series.

PriceStats currently offers aggregate inflation series for 22 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (Supermarket & Fresh Food), Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.

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GLOBAL INFLATION SERIES


In an effort to continue providing clients with innovative views on inflation, PriceStats developed the Global Inflation Series, a portfolio of indices designed to evaluate inflation patterns across groups of countries and sectors.

This set of statistics includes the World Inflation Series, a single index that combines inflation trends from key economies around the world. In addition, it also includes global series for Emerging Markets, Developed Economies and the Eurozone, with in-depth views for Food and Fuel.

To develop our global series, we incorporate our inflation views from the countries where PriceStats has an aggregate index. For example, our Emerging Markets Series includes data for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay. We then weigh each country series by the relative household consumption estimates provided by the World Bank Development Indicators.

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US SECTOR SERIES


The US Sector Series provides in-depth views of inflation trends within the United States. These series were developed in response to clients’ needs to understand where inflation was coming from.

These series allow for anticipation of inflation trends across key economic sectors: Food & Beverages, Furnishing & Household Equipment, Health & Beauty, Energy & Transportation, and Recreation & Electronics.