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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/04/2013   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 2012 to Mar Qtr 2013
Mar Qtr 2012 to Mar Qtr 2013
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
0.4
2.5
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
-0.8
1.6
Alcohol and tobacco
1.6
3.7
Clothing and footwear
-3.9
-1.5
Housing
1.2
5.1
Furnishings, household equipment and services
-1.3
0.6
Health
3.0
6.1
Transport
0.5
1.4
Communication
0.0
1.5
Recreation and culture
-0.8
-0.5
Education
5.7
5.8
Insurance and financial services
0.7
2.9
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
0.1
2.5
Trimmed mean
0.3
2.2
Weighted median
0.5
2.6


All Groups CPI, Quarterly change
Graph: All Groups CPI, Quarterly change

Contribution to quarterly change
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change




MARCH KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.4% in the March quarter 2013, compared with a rise of 0.2% in the December quarter 2012.
  • rose 2.5% through the year to the March quarter 2013, compared with a rise of 2.2% through the year to the December quarter 2012.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (+1.7%), pharmaceutical products (+7.6%), tertiary education (+6.5%) and tobacco (+3.7%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls this quarter were for international holiday travel and accommodation (-5.2%), furniture (-6.8%) and fruit (-7.0%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2013 24 July 2013
September 2013 23 October 2013
December 2013 22 January 2014
March 2014 23 April 2014



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

As outlined in the December quarter 2012 issue, the following time series spreadsheets now incorporate time series for all CPI expenditure classes for the weighted average of eight capital cities, including those that are not seasonally adjusted:
  • Table 15. CPI: Expenditure Class Index Numbers, Seasonally adjusted, Weighted Average of Eight Capital Cities, and
  • Table 16. CPI: Expenditure Class, Combined seasonal adjustment factors, Weighted Average of Eight Capital Cities.


ROUNDING

Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.


INQUIRIES

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