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Inflation in Alberta spiked in August

Prices rose in 6 of the 8 major components of the CPI

By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 15 September 2021 1 min read

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Alberta rose by 4.7% on a year-over-year basis in August compared to 4.1% nationally.

Excluding gasoline, the CPI in Alberta increased by 3.6%. Gasoline prices were 39.8% higher than in August 2020.

The Bank of Canada’s target range for inflation is 1% to 3%. August was the fourth month this year that the CPI was above the upper end of the range.

Prices rose in 6 of the 8 major components of the CPI. The exceptions were clothing and footwear, which contracted by 1.2%, and household operations, furnishings and equipment, which contracted by 0.2% (mostly due to lower prices for cell phone services).

Food prices increased by 3.5% in August. Meat prices rose by 9.8% while the cost of vegetables fell by 3.8%.

At 4.9%, the inflation rate was higher in Calgary than in Edmonton where it was 4.4%.

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The Consumer Price Index in Alberta rose by 4.7% on a year-over-year basis in August

The Consumer Price Index in Alberta rose by 4.7% on a year-over-year basis in August


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