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Computer and peripherals price indexes, April 2018

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Released: 2018-05-29

The price of desktop and similar computers, laptop and tablet computers, and servers declined 0.3% in April.

Tablets (-1.6%), servers (-0.5%) and laptop computers (-0.1%) contributed to the decline.

Smartphone prices declined by 0.1%.

The computer peripherals index declined 0.1% due to lower prices for computer monitors (-0.4%).

Year over year, prices for desktop and similar computers, laptop and tablet computers, and servers decreased 3.4%. Prices for computer monitors and computer printers were down 1.4% compared with April 2017.

  Note to readers

The computer and peripherals price indexes are monthly series that measure the changes over time in the price of computers, computer peripherals and smartphones sold to governments, businesses and households. With each release, data for the previous six months may have been revised. The indexes are not seasonally adjusted.

These indexes are available at the Canada level only.

A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics

"A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics," which is part of the Prices Analytical Series (Catalogue number62F0014M), was created to showcase the key milestones in the history of Canadian producer price statistics. This historical timeline contains answers to questions such as: Who collected Canada's first statistics? What do Canadian producer price indexes measure?

Infographic: Producer Price Indexes at a Glance

The infographic "Producer Price Indexes at a Glance," which is part of Statistics Canada — Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M), is available. This infographic demonstrates how producer price indexes for goods and services are calculated and why they are important for the Canadian economy.

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