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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2007   
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SEPTEMBER QTR 2007 CAPITAL CITIES COMPARISON


ALL GROUPS

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

Index number(a)
Percentage change


Sep Qtr 2007
Jun Qtr 2007
to Sep Qtr 2007
Sep Qtr 2006
to Sep Qtr 2007

Sydney
158.1
0.4
1.3
Melbourne
156.9
0.8
2.1
Brisbane
161.7
0.9
2.7
Adelaide
161.5
0.7
1.4
Perth
158.9
0.6
2.6
Hobart
157.9
0.3
1.8
Darwin
156.6
1.2
3.2
Canberra
159.2
0.8
2.1
Weighted average of eight capital cities
158.6
0.7
1.9

(a) Base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0.


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