In 2022, the annual rate of change for prices of recreational and sporting services in the EU was 4.7% measured by the harmonised indices of consumer prices (HICP), which was the highest value in the last ten years. For the period 2012-2022, the annual average rate of change for these services was 2.2%, indicating a faster increase than that of the all-items HICP (+2.0%).
In 2022, the prices for equipment for sport, camping and open-air recreationgrew much faster than in the previous years, with the annual rate of change standing at 3.8%, +2.5 percentage points higher than the year before.
Looking back at the last 10 years, prices of equipment for sport, camping and open-air recreation showed considerable fluctuations. Annual rates of change fell to negative values in 2014 (-0.6%), then went up again to +0.7% in 2016, to drop again and remain negative between 2017 and 2019. In 2020, they started to increase, reaching their highest value in 2022. Despite the fluctuations, this category recorded a slight increase in the annual rate of change over the years, up by 0.3% on average from 2012-2022.