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Retail Prices (International Comparisons)

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for the principal exporting countries the annual increase in retail prices between 1952 and 1978 in the form of an index or otherwise.

Consumer prices indices for some main exporting countries are shown in the following table.In making comparisons it is important to note that there are differences between countries in coverage and methods of construction of their price indices.

CONSUMER PRICES INDICES
1970=100

Belgium

Canada

France

Germany (F.R.)

Italy

Japan

Netherlands

United States

United Kingdom

1952687051705848546854
1953686951695951546955
1954687051696154566956
1955687051706253576959
1956707152716454587062
1957727354736555627264
1958737561756755637466
1959747665756655647567
1960747667766857657667
1961757770786960667770
1962767873817364687872
1963787976837869717974
1964818179858372758076
1965848381888677798180
1966888683918881838483
1967908985929284868685
1968939389949388899089
1969969795969593969494
1970100100100100100100100100100
1971104103106105105106108104109
1972110108112111111111116108117
1973118116120119123124125114128
1974133129137127146154137127148
1975150143153135171172151139184
1976163153168141200188165147215
1977175165183146237204176156249
1978183180200150265211183168270

Source: International Labour Office—Year Book of Labour Statistics