ICAEW.com works better with JavaScript enabled.

Researching international consumer price indices

Research guide

Updated: 21 Feb 2023 Update History

The Library & Information Service is often asked for international CPI figures to contrast with the UK's. This guide sets out a selection of sources for CPI data from jurisdictions other than the UK and its Dependencies.
Information on where to find UK consumer price indices data can be found in our separate guide to the RPI, CPI, and CPIH. The Library also maintains a guide to consumer price indices for the Crown Dependencies.

How the Library can help

The ICAEW Library has compiled this guide to help everyone to find the international CPI figures they need.

The Library enquiry team can also help ICAEW members, ACA students and other authorised users with requests for consumer price indices data, and related information. Library staff can consult print sources held in our collection on your behalf, and we can loan books and supply documents from our collection by email or post.

If you would like to know more about the information we can offer, please call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, email library@icaew.com or contact us through webchat.

International sources


The European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat, provides online access to Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) data, covering EU Member States as well as a number of other countries, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, and the United States of America.

International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund's IMF Data portal provides access to consumer price index figures for a range of countries.

In addition, the IMF's Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board links to national statistics (including consumer price indices) for countries subscribing to its Special Data Dissemination Standard.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides access to a set of consumer price indices data covering all OECD member countries via its iLibrary portal. The data extend back to 1915.

National sources


The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides online access to quarterly Consumer Price Index figures dating back to 1960, with Interim Retail Price Index figures from 1952 to 1960.


Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes Consumer Price Index data for the current year and maintains a free spreadsheet containing CPI figures from 1920 onwards. It also publishes a separate table of inflation statistics, with figures for different products and services.


Statistics Canada publish Consumer Price Index figures on a monthly basis, and also provide a more detailed table broken down into products and product groups. The all items data goes back to 1914.


The National Bureau of Statistics of China publishes monthly Consumer Price Index figures.


The Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE) publishes monthly updates to France's Consumer Price Index. Historical data can be downloaded for the period from 1990 onwards.


Germany's Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has a page on the consumer price index, with links to figures for the overall index and for a number of particular commodity groups, as well information on methodology, and a personal inflation calculator. Historical data is available going back to 1991.

Republic of Ireland

The Central Statistics Office publishes Consumer Price Index figures on its website monthly. The site also includes an archive of historical figures going back to 1922, which is accessible through its data portal. The granularity of the data varies by period; figures for particular commodity groups are available from November 1975 onwards.


The Japanese Statistics Bureau website has a section on the Consumer Price Index, which contains the latest monthly results and annual average figures. Historical data are also available from 1970 onwards, though the nature and granularity of the data vary by period. It should be noted that revisions to the methodology have been made at certain points. The site provides information on methodology and the re-tabulation of statistics from 2010.


The Instituto Nacional de Estadística has webpages on the Consumer Price Index and the Harmonised Consumer Price Index, which provide access to the latest data, as well as historical figures (with different bases) and information on methodology. Coverage goes back to 1976 in the case of the Consumer Price Index, and 1997 in the case of the Harmonised Consumer Price Index.


Statistics Sweden publishes a large and detailed range of Consumer Price Index data (from 1954) and Living Cost Index data (from 1914 to 1954), as well as Harmonised Index of Consumer Price data (from 1995) and Net Price Index data (from 1980 to 2013).

United States

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes numerous tables of Consumer Price Index data on its website, with various geographical breakdowns. In some cases, the available data goes back to 1913, but coverage varies significantly between tables. The site also includes details regarding methodology, data sources, and the practical uses of the statistics.
Can't find what you're looking for?

The ICAEW Library can give you the right information from trustworthy, professional sources that aren't freely available online. Contact us for expert help with your enquiries and research.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this Research Guide is correct. However, the content of websites changes frequently and users should satisfy themselves that the information they contain is suitable for the purposes for which they wish to use it. We would be grateful to receive notification of any broken links at library@icaew.com.

ICAEW accepts no responsibility for the content on any site to which a hypertext link from this site exists. The links are provided ‘as is’ with no warranty, express or implied, for the information provided within them. Please see the full copyright and disclaimer notice.

Contact the library

Expert help for your enquiries and research.