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Retail price comparisons

Changes in retail prices Jersey and UK

This report presents the relative movement of retail prices in Jersey and the UK by looking at the Retail Prices Index (RPI) for each jurisdiction between June 2005 and June 2019. 

In addition, a comparison of both retail and pre-tax prices for selected dutiable goods that are subject to Impôts (excise duties) is also presented.

Price movements (June 2019)

  • over the fourteen-year period from 2005 to 2019, the overall increase of the RPI in Jersey (46%) has been higher than that of the UK adjusted RPI (39%)
  • the overall increase in 7 of the RPI groups, Food, Catering, Alcoholic drinks, Housing, Household services, clothing and footwear and motoring, were higher in Jersey than in the UK
  • in contrast, the overall increase in 7 of the RPI groups, Tobacco, Fuel and light, Household goods, Personal goods and services, Fares and other travel, Leisure goods and leisure services were lower in Jersey than in the UK

Dutiable goods (June 2019)

  • the pre-tax prices of alcohol, tobacco and motor fuels were higher in Jersey than in the UK in June 2019. The mean pre-tax price of:
    • a pint of bitter was £1.09 higher in Jersey than in the UK, a pint of lager was £1.29 and that of a nip of whisky was 88p higher in Jersey
    • cigarettes were 43p per pack of 20 cigarettes lower in Jersey than in the UK
    • petrol and diesel were higher in Jersey than in the UK by 17p and 13p respectively

To find out more about the Retail Prices Index, visit our 'Inflation' page.

Retail prices index (inflation)

Comparison of Jersey and UK consumer price levels

In 2013, overall price levels for consumer goods and services (excluding housing costs, education and health) in Jersey were 9% greater than the UK average.

The percentage difference in price levels between Jersey and the UK was calculated for nine broad expenditure categories.

For consumer goods and services (including housing costs, education and health)

The overall price level for consumer goods and services in Jersey, including housings costs, education and health, was a fifth (20%) greater than the UK average.

Jersey / UK relative consumer price levels for goods and services 2013 report

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