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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At the All groups level, the CPI rose in seven capital cities during the March quarter 2013. Rises were recorded in Darwin (+1.7%), Perth (+0.5%), Sydney (+0.4%), Melbourne (+0.4%), Hobart (+0.3%), Brisbane (+0.1%), and Canberra (+0.1%). Adelaide recorded no change.
The housing group was the most significant positive contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording rises in six capital cities. The largest movement was recorded in Darwin (+4.0%) driven by increases in electricity, rents and water and sewerage. Melbourne (+2.7%) and Perth (+1.2%) also rose largely due to increases in new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers.
The education group was the second most significant positive contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording rises in all capital cities. The largest movements were recorded in Hobart (+6.8%), Adelaide (+6.6%) and Sydney (+6.2%) driven by increases in tertiary education.
The clothing and footwear group was the most significant negative contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording falls in all capital cities. Sydney (-5.6%) and Brisbane (-5.1%) recorded the largest movements with falls in seven of the eight expenditure classes.
The second most significant negative contributor to the All groups quarterly movement was the food and non-alcoholic beverages group, recording falls in six capital cities. Hobart (-1.5%) and Melbourne (-1.4%) recorded the largest falls, mainly due to decreases in vegetables and fruit.
Over the twelve months to the March quarter 2013, the All groups CPI rose in all capital cities ranging from 1.0% in Hobart to 3.8% in Darwin. The positive annual movement for Darwin was driven by price rises for housing and transport.
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