Unique ID: 201410

Division: Directorate C (National Accounts, prices and key indicators), Unit C4 (Price Statistics, Purchasing power parities, Housing Statistics)
Issue Date: February 13th 2019
Last modified: February 22nd 2019

Multipurpose consumer price statistics: sub-project Scanner Data

Multipurpose consumer price statistics, sub-project Scanner Data

SDG: 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production08 - Decent Work & Economic Growth

Eurostat supports a number of projects aimed at integrating different price statistics and using collected prices for multiple purposes. The projects fall under a broader project 'Multipurpose consumer price statistics'. In particular one sub-project is relevant in this context. This is the work done on obtaining and implementing the use of scanner data in consumer price statistics in the Member States. Eurostat supports Member States in this work. Eurostat also supports further methodological development on the use of this data source. Scanner data is transaction data generated by retailers in point of-sales terminals. This data is considered big data as it describes all supermarket transactions for a given retailer and period of time, the data is very detailed and delivered frequently (often data is supplied per week). Several Member States use scanner data in their consumer price statistics. These are The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. Eurostat currently supports a further 17 Member States in obtaining and testing scanner data. Ten of these receive scanner data in some form. Eurostat is responsible, together with the Member States, to produce the HICP (Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices). Given this responsibility, Eurostat is keen to ensure that the introduction of scanner data does not jeopardize the comparability of the national HICPs. To this end Eurostat is in the process of drafting guidelines on obtaining and using scanner data.

Project Objective:

For the production of statistics

Statistical Area


Project Sources
Project Sources
Type Of Institution: regional organization
Big Data Source: Scanner data
Region: Europe & Central Asia
Country Area: Europe
Id Country Regional: regional
SDG Indicators
SDG Indicators
SDG Comments: 12.1, 8.4
SDG: 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production08 - Decent Work & Economic Growth
Timeframe To Produce Indicator: NA
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