Harmonised index of consumer prices - July 2018
- Belgium's inflation rate based on the European harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) was running at 2.7 % in July compared to 2.6 % in June. Core inflation (inflation without energy and unprocessed food) was running at 1.6 % in July, against 1.7 % in June.
- The inflation rate based on the consumer price index (CPI) for July stood at 2.2 % compared to 2.1 % in June. The difference in inflation between the HICP and the CPI is largely due to the larger weight of fuels and energy sources in the HICP and to the fact that no moving average is used for domestic heating oil in the HICP.
- The sub-indices with the largest upward effect on inflation were motor fuels, domestic heating oil, gas and tobacco.
- Most of the downward pressure on inflation in July came from clothing, rents, telecommunications and cultural services.
- The harmonised index of consumer prices of July for the EU Member States will be published by Eurostat on 17 August.
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In the context of International Women's Day, Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, takes a closer look at the employment rate of women with and without children.
In Belgium, on average 75.3 % of women aged 25 to 49 are in work. For men in the same age group, this proportion amounts to 84 %. The number of children (up to 16 years old) in the household makes a big difference.
When it comes to employment, the proportion of women without children is practically the same as that of men: 77.5 % of women and 78.1 % of men without children have a job.
If the woman has one child, the employment rate decreases to 76.5 %, while it rises sharply to 88.7 % for men with one child.
However, a woman with two children is more often in work than the average of women: 79.1 %. The employment rate is also the highest for men with two children: 93 %.
For women with three children or more, the employment rate decreases sharply: 56.8 % of them are in work. For men with three children or more, this rate amounts to 84 %.