April 2015

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for April 2015, covers the period January to March 2015 (Quarter 1), and contains updates for the annual rate of Inflation of the Retail Price Index, Income, Estimated Population and Arrivals to St Helena. The bulletin is available on the SHG website at:  www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

Annual inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index (RPI) stood at 2.8 per cent in Quarter 1 2015 – a decrease of 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. The major upwards pressures continue to be increases in electricity tariffs and the price of purchasing and importing a vehicle to St Helena. This quarter the decease in fuel tariffs are noted as the largest downwards pressure on the rate of annual inflation. In financial year 2014/15 the rate of annual inflation averaged 2.6 per cent, up from an average rate of 1.2 per cent in 2013/14.

In the last calendar quarter of 2014, the number of people on Island averaged 4,665 and the average St Helenian population was 4,170. Compared to the same period in 2013 this represents a 5.5 per cent increase in the total population and a 1.7 per cent increase in the St Helenian population.

Passenger arrivals to St Helena in the first three quarters of financial year 2014/15 were essentially unchanged from the previous year. An increase in RMS passengers has been balanced by a decrease in the number of overnight visitors from yachts and other vessels.  There has been a 38 per cent, 360 bed-night, increase in the number of tourist visitors staying on Island during the eight-night turn around of the RMS to Ascension Island. A 52 per cent, 487 person increase, in the number of day-visitors from cruise ships is also noted during the same period.

Finally, the Statistics Office is now conducting its annual user satisfaction survey. If you would like to contribute your views on priorities relating to the development of statistical services for St Helena, please visit the statistics office website (www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics) for an online link to the survey, or contact the office to arrange collection of a paper copy of the survey questionnaire.

If you have requested a copy of this bulletin via email and have not yet received it, please contact the Statistics Office on 22138, or e-mail statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh


24 April 2015



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