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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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CAPITAL CITIES COMPARISON


ALL GROUPS CPI

All Groups CPI, Percentage change from previous quarter
Graph: All Groups CPI, Percentage change from previous quarter


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.

All Groups CPI, All groups index numbers and percentage changes

Index number(a)
Percentage change
Mar Qtr 2013
Dec Qtr 2012 to Mar Qtr 2013
Mar Qtr 2012 to Mar Qtr 2013

Sydney
102.7
0.4
2.8
Melbourne
102.4
0.4
2.5
Brisbane
102.0
0.1
2.1
Adelaide
102.1
0.0
2.2
Perth
102.4
0.5
2.4
Hobart
101.3
0.3
1.0
Darwin
103.7
1.7
3.8
Canberra
101.9
0.1
2.2
Weighted average of eight capital cities
102.4
0.4
2.5

(a) Index reference period: 2011-12 = 100.0.



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