Output prices increase by 2.4 % in the services sector
In the fourth quarter of 2018, output prices for services have increased by 2.4 % compared to the same quarter the year before.
The sectors with the largest upward effect on this increase are:
Nace 4940 - Carriage of goods by road
Nace 6200 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
Nace 5020 - Sea and coastal freight water transport
NACE 6100 - Telecommunication contributed negatively to inflation.
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|Services - Total*|
|*: estimates until the first quarter of 2013|
Purpose and brief description
As the sector of services is steadily gaining importance compared to the sector of industry, an output price index for services was added to the European Regulation concerning short-term statistics. This new index will be calculated on a quarterly basis by Statistics Belgium.
The output price index for services is currently measuring the change in prices with services companies from such branches as transport, information services and telecommunication. The field will be extended progressively, eventually to cover almost the full economic range of the services sector
Results available 3 months after the reference period