SEPTEMBER QTR 2007 CAPITAL CITIES COMPARISON
Percentage change from previous quarter
At the All groups level, the CPI rose in all capital cities this quarter, with the increases ranging from 0.3% in Hobart to 1.2% in Darwin. Increases in fruit and vegetable prices, rents and house purchase made a significant contribution in most cities
The fall in the net price of child care had a major downward impact on the quarter's movement and was the most significant negative contributor in all cities except Melbourne and Adelaide, where it was second to the falls in the price of automotive fuel. Significant falls in automotive fuel prices were recorded in all cities, although the fall in Darwin was less than in other cities. The fall in the net price of pharmaceuticals was also a prominent feature in all cities.
The higher result for Darwin was mainly due to a combination of larger increases in housing and recreation groups with a smaller fall in transportation. The lower result for Hobart was due to smaller increases in housing, food, recreation and clothing and footwear, combined with larger falls in household contents and services, transportation and education.
In the twelve months to September quarter 2007, the All groups CPI rose in all capital cities with the increases ranging from 1.3% in Sydney to 3.2% in Darwin. The higher result for Darwin was largely due to a 7.0% rise in Housing, substantially higher than the 4.2% increase for the weighted average of eight capital cities.
CPI, All groups index numbers and percentage changes
Sep Qtr 2007
Jun Qtr 2007
to Sep Qtr 2007
Sep Qtr 2006
to Sep Qtr 2007
|Weighted average of eight capital cities |
|(a) Base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0. |