Updated 31 May 2017
In September 2016 the BIS released long series on consumer prices for 60 countries, starting at the earliest in 1661.
The consumer price data for the most recent periods correspond to the consumer price index published by national statistical offices. Proxy indicators, such as a consumer price index with limited coverage or a retail price index, were used to extend the series backward as far as possible.
The average length of the monthly series is close to 55 years. Some annual series go back to the middle of the 19th century - or even earlier for several countries. The BIS constructed long consumer price index series by joining the series available for consecutive periods. In undertaking this work, the BIS worked in close coordination with national authorities with the aim of providing the most accurate data possible..
- Consumer price statistics (XLSX, last updated 31 May 2017)
- Tables on consumer prices (from the Statistical Bulletin)
- Documentation for long series on consumer prices (8 pp, 147 kb)
Research and analysis
In the September 2016 issue of the BIS Quarterly Review, "Recent enhancements to the BIS statistics" summarised the characteristics of the data set.
View our release calendar for advance notice of publication dates.
Browse and download data
The data series on consumer prices can also be generated using:
- BIS Statistics Explorer - a browsing tool for pre-defined views of the BIS's most current data
- BIS Statistics Warehouse - a search tool for customised queries of BIS's most current data
The statistics can also be downloaded in a single CSV file.
For queries regarding property price statistics, please write to statistics$bis.org (where "$" denotes "@").