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6413.0.55.001 - Experimental Price Indexes for Financial Services, Mar 2005  
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ABOUT THESE STATISTICS

This publication provides the next update of the experimental price indexes for financial services which were published in ABS Cat. no. 6413.0 Information Paper: Experimental Price Indexes for Financial Services, 1998 to 2003. Latest March Quarter 2005 has been added to the time series.

June Quarter 2005 will be the final issue of this publication. In September Quarter 2005, Financial Services will be introduced into the Consumer Price Index. For further information please see the Appendix in the March Quarter 2005 issues of Consumer Price Index, Australia (Cat. no. 6401.0).


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ANALYSES AND COMMENTS


EXPERIMENTAL PRICE INDEXES FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • rose 0.3% in the March quarter 2005, compared with 0.2% in the December quarter 2004.
  • fell 0.2% through the year to March quarter 2005.



INDEX NUMBERS, Weighted average of eight capital cities
Graph: INDEX NUMBERS, Weighted average of eight capital cities

(a) CPI converted to a base of September quarter 1998 = 100.0

TABLE 1. FINANCIAL SERVICES, Index Numbers(a)
Weighted
average of
eight capital
Period
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Darwin
Canberra
cities

2001-02
109.3
110.0
114.5
108.8
112.9
110.1
110.7
109.9
110.4
2002-03
112.5
115.0
120.3
114.0
118.7
116.2
116.5
116.2
115.0
2003-04
117.6
119.5
126.1
118.5
124.8
122.1
122.1
121.4
120.0

2004
March
118.7
120.5
127.6
119.7
125.3
123.4
123.4
122.6
121.1
June
119.3
120.5
128.1
120.2
128.7
124.4
124.1
122.4
121.8
September
116.3
120.1
126.5
119.4
127.7
122.5
123.1
122.4
120.2
December
117.0
120.3
127.4
119.7
126.7
123.7
124.1
121.2
120.5
2005
March
117.6
120.9
128.1
120.2
125.4
124.2
124.5
121.7
120.9

(a) Base of each index: September Quarter 1998 = 100.0

TABLE 2. FINANCIAL SERVICES, Percentage changes

Weighted
average of
eight capital
Period
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Darwin
Canberra
cities


PERCENTAGE CHANGE (from previous financial year)

2001-02
-2.8
-1.5
0.7
-2.7
-1.7
-2.3
-2.0
-2.3
-2.0
2002-03
2.9
4.5
5.1
4.8
5.1
5.5
5.2
5.7
4.2
2003-04
4.5
3.9
4.8
3.9
5.1
5.1
4.8
4.5
4.3

PERCENTAGE CHANGE (from corresponding quarter of previous year)

2004
March
5.2
4.5
5.7
4.7
4.9
5.7
5.5
5.0
5.0
June
3.7
2.7
4.3
3.4
6.1
4.5
4.3
2.8
3.7
September
0.6
1.6
2.3
2.2
4.6
2.3
2.6
2.1
1.7
December
0.3
1.4
2.1
2.0
3.1
2.4
2.8
0.4
1.3
2005
March
-0.9
0.3
0.4
0.4
0.1
0.6
0.9
-0.7
-0.2

PERCENTAGE CHANGE (from previous quarter)

2004
March
1.8
1.6
2.2
2.0
2.0
2.2
2.2
1.6
1.9
June
0.5
0.0
0.4
0.4
2.7
0.8
0.6
-0.2
0.6
September
-2.5
-0.3
-1.2
-0.7
-0.8
-1.5
-0.8
0.0
-1.3
December
0.6
0.2
0.7
0.3
-0.8
1.0
0.8
-1.0
0.2
2005
March
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.4
-1.0
0.4
0.3
0.4
0.3



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