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Swiss Statistics

Surveys, Sources – 05 - Consumer Price IndexOverview

Brief description The CPI measures the change in prices of goods and services which are representative of the private households' consumption in Switzerland. It indicates how much consumers have to increase or to decrease their expenditure to maintain the same volume of consumption, despite the variations in prices.
Institution responsible Federal Statistical Office
Responsible service Prices
Responsible person / information Information LIK, +41 58 46 36900, lik@bfs.admin.ch
Conducted by Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO), in collaboration with GfK Switzerland AG
Legal bases
  • Federal Statistics Act of 9 October 1992 (FStatA)
  • Ordinance on the Organisation of Federal Statistics of 30 June 1993
 
Type of survey / statistic
  • Activity: Survey based on sampling
  • Survey: in the outlets, by phone, by post, on the Internet and scanner data
  • Type of the sample and sample size: about 50'000 prices per month, collected in about 2'500 outlets
  • Participation: compulsory
Statistical basis and survey units Prices of goods and services which are representative of the private households' consumption in Switzerland
Features registered Transaction price
Degree of regionalisation Switzerland
Reference period First two weeks of the month, fuel and gasoline prices are collected twice a month (at the beginning and at mid-month)
Periodicity Monthly
Available since 1914. Revisions with rebasing: 1939, 1966, 1977, 1982, 1993, 2000, 2005 & 2010
Revision December 2010. Annually reweighted basket of goods since December 2001
Last Update 24.08.2012
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