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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/10/2011   
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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 all capital cities in the September quarter 2011. The highest positive movement was recorded in Adelaide (+1.0%) followed by Hobart (+0.8%). The remaining six cities increased between 0.2% and 0.7%.

The housing group was the most significant positive contributor in all cities with the exception of Brisbane where the most significant positive contributor was the recreation and culture group mainly due to holiday travel and accommodation price increases. The largest increases for the housing group were recorded in Adelaide (+2.8%), Sydney (+2.3%), Hobart (+2.3%), and Canberra (+2.1%) driven by increases in utilities prices.

At the eight capital cities level, the recreation and culture group was the second largest positive contributor to the quarterly movement showing increases in all cities. The most significant contributor was the increase in international holiday travel and accommodation in seven of the eight capital cities, most notably Hobart (+6.2%) and Perth (+5.9%). Domestic holiday travel and accommodation also recorded increases in seven capital cities ranging from 1.0% in Sydney to 4.2% in Hobart partially offset by a fall of 1.9% in Perth.

The health group was the largest negative contributor to the quarterly movement at the eight capital cities level. The largest decreases for the health group were recorded in Perth (–1.3%), Melbourne (–1.2%) and Brisbane (–1.1%). Darwin (+0.4%) was the only city to record an increase in the health group in the September quarter 2011. All cities recorded decreases for pharmaceutical products ranging from 3.4% in Darwin to 6.4% in Perth.

Over the twelve months to the September quarter 2011, the All groups CPI rose in all capital cities with the largest positive movement recorded in Adelaide (+4.0%). Perth (+2.8%) and Darwin (+2.8%) recorded the smallest rises over the twelve months to the September quarter 2011.

All Groups CPI, All groups index numbers and percentage changes

Index number(a)
Percentage change
Sep Qtr 2011
Jun Qtr 2011 to Sep Qtr 2011
Sep Qtr 2010 to Sep Qtr 2011

Sydney
178.8
0.7
3.7
Melbourne
176.7
0.6
3.6
Brisbane
184.7
0.3
3.1
Adelaide
183.6
1.0
4.0
Perth
178.8
0.2
2.8
Hobart
177.9
0.8
3.2
Darwin
176.7
0.7
2.8
Canberra
179.9
0.7
3.7
Weighted average of eight capital cities
179.4
0.6
3.5

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



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