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APPENDIX 1 ANALYTICAL PRICE INDEX SERIES


INTRODUCTION

1 Various series are presented in Table 8 of the Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0) to assist users analyse the CPI. As a result of the introduction of the 16th series Australian CPI, there have been some changes to the groups, sub-groups and expenditure classes contributing to each of the analytical series. Some of the compiled series are self-explanatory, such as 'All groups CPI excluding Food and non-alcoholic beverages'. This appendix describes the composition of some of the other analytical series - goods and services, international trade exposure and seasonally adjusted - in the 16th series Australian CPI. The following table (Table 1) sets out the 87 CPI expenditure classes showing in which analytical series they are included.


GOODS AND SERVICES

2 The ABS has classified expenditure classes as goods or services based on the majority of products in each category. In the 16th series CPI, 60 out of the 87 expenditure classes, accounting for 58 per cent of the All groups CPI by weight, have been classified as goods. The remaining 27 expenditure classes, accounting for 42 per cent of the All groups CPI by weight, have been classified as services.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXPOSURE - TRADABLES AND NON-TRADABLES

3 For the 16th series, the tradable and non-tradable classification was reviewed and updated using 2006-07 Input-Output data to classify each expenditure class as tradable or non-tradable. As a result, there were five changes to the classification: 'Cakes and biscuits' and 'Jams, honey and spreads' were reclassified from non-tradable to tradable while 'Waters, soft drink and juices', 'Newspapers, magazines and stationery' and 'Pets and related products' were reclassified from tradable to non-tradable.

4 In aggregate, 47 expenditure classes, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of the CPI by weight, have been classified as tradable. The remaining 40 expenditure classes, accounting for approximately 60 per cent of the CPI by weight, have been classified as non-tradable.

5 The method used to classify the 16th series expenditure classes is set out below:

  • Data from the National Accounts Input-Output Tables 2006-07 and the related product correspondence with the 16th series Consumer Price Index Commodity Classification were used to calculate Australia's exports as a ratio of total Australian production and imports as a ratio of total usage, for each expenditure class. The correspondence will be available in Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables - Electronic Publication (2007-08 Final) (cat. no. 5209.0.55.001), released on 25 October 2011;
  • All expenditure by international tourists in Australia was excluded from exports, as their expenditure on items such as urban transport fares was deemed not to affect price change;
  • Expenditure classes were classified as 'tradable' if either of the export or import ratios were greater than 10 per cent;
  • The remaining expenditure classes were classified as non-tradable.


SEASONALITY OF CPI EXPENDITURE CLASSES

6 The 16th series seasonal adjustment review used a range of statistical tests to determine if seasonality was present in each expenditure class price index. This approach identifies series that show seasonal patterns over any part of the series to be seasonal. Using this ABS seasonal adjustment methodology, 62 of the 87 expenditure class price indexes in the 16th series of the CPI were deemed to have a seasonal pattern. For more details on the seasonal adjustment of the CPI please refer to Information Paper: Seasonal Adjustment of Consumer Price Indexes, 2011 (cat. no. 6401.0.55.003).

Table 1 - 16th series CPI expenditure classes classified by analytical series (a)

International trade exposure
CPI expenditure classes
Goods
Services
Tradable
Non-tradable
Seasonal

Bread
y
y
Cakes and biscuits
y
y
y
Breakfast cereals
y
y
y
Other cereal products
y
y
y
Beef and veal
y
y
y
Pork
y
y
y
Lamb and goat
y
y
y
Poultry
y
y
y
Other meats
y
y
y
Fish and other seafood
y
y
y
Milk
y
y
y
Cheese
y
y
Ice cream and other dairy products
y
y
y
Fruit
y
y
y
Vegetables
y
y
y
Eggs
y
y
Jams, honey and spreads
y
y
Food additives and condiments
y
y
y
Oils and fats
y
y
Snacks and confectionery
y
y
y
Other food products n.e.c.
y
y
y
Coffee, tea and cocoa
y
y
Waters, soft drinks and juices
y
y
y
Restaurant meals
y
y
Take away and fast foods
y
y
y
Spirits
y
y
Wine
y
y
y
Beer
y
y
Tobacco
y
y
y
Garments for men
y
y
y
Garments for women
y
y
y
Garments for infants and children
y
y
y
Footwear for men
y
y
y
Footwear for women
y
y
y
Footwear for infants and children
y
y
y
Accessories
y
y
y
Cleaning, repair and hire of clothing and footwear
y
y
Rents
y
y
y
New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers
y
y
Maintenance and repair of the dwelling
y
y
y
Property rates and charges
y
y
y
Water and sewerage
y
y
y
Electricity
y
y
y
Gas and other household fuels
y
y
y
Furniture
y
y
y
Carpets and other floor coverings
y
y
y
Household textiles
y
y
y
Major household appliances
y
y
Small electric household appliances
y
y
y
Glassware, tableware and household utensils
y
y
y
Tools and equipment for house and garden
y
y
y
Cleaning and maintenance products
y
y
y
Personal care products
y
y
y
Other non-durable household products
y
y
y
Child care
y
y
y
Hairdressing and personal grooming services
y
y
Other household services
y
y
Pharmaceutical products
y
y
y
Therapeutic appliances and equipment
y
y
Medical and hospital services
y
y
y
Dental services
y
y
y
Motor vehicles
y
y
Spare parts and accessories for motor vehicles
y
y
Automotive fuel
y
y
y
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles
y
y
Other services in respect of motor vehicles
y
y
y
Urban transport fares
y
y
y
Postal services
y
y
Telecommunication equipment and services
y
y
Audio, visual and computing equipment
y
y
Audio, visual and computing media and services
y
y
Books
y
y
y
Newspapers, magazines and stationery
y
y
y
Domestic holiday travel and accommodation
y
y
y
International holiday travel and accommodation
y
y
y
Equipment for sports, camping and open-air recreation
y
y
Games, toys and hobbies
y
y
y
Pets and related products
y
y
y
Veterinary and other services for pets
y
y
y
Sports participation
y
y
y
Other recreational, sporting and cultural services
y
y
y
Preschool and primary education
y
y
y
Secondary education
y
y
y
Tertiary education
y
y
y
Insurance
y
y
y
Deposit and loan facilities (direct charges)
y
y
Other financial services
y
y

(a) y = yes



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