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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2012   
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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 during the September quarter 2012. The largest rises were recorded in Sydney (+1.7%) and Adelaide (+1.5%). The remaining six capital cities recorded rises ranging from 0.7% to 1.3%.

The housing group was the most significant positive contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording rises in all capital cities. The largest movement was recorded in Adelaide (+4.6%). The most significant contributor to the rise in the housing group in all capital cities was electricity.

The food and non-alcoholic beverages group was the second largest positive contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording rises in all capital cities. The largest movements were recorded in Sydney (+2.7%) and Brisbane (+2.0%) mainly due to increases in vegetables and fruit prices.

The health group was also a positive contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording rises in all of the eight capital cities. The largest movements were recorded in Adelaide (+3.5%) and Hobart (+3.0%) driven by increases in medical and hospital services mainly due to the means-testing reforms on the Private Health Insurance rebate. The rises were partially offset by falls in pharmaceutical products for all capital cities.

The transport group was the most significant negative contributor to the All groups quarterly movement, recording falls in all cities with the exception of Darwin (+0.6%). The largest falls were recorded in Melbourne (-1.5%) and Hobart (-1.3%) which were driven by falls in automotive fuel and motor vehicles.

Over the twelve months to the September quarter 2012, the All groups CPI rose in all capital cities with the largest positive movements recorded in Sydney (+2.3%) and Darwin (+2.1%). Hobart (+0.7%) recorded the smallest rise over the twelve months to the September quarter 2012.

All Groups CPI, All groups index numbers and percentage changes

Index number(a)
Percentage change
Sep Qtr 2012
Jun Qtr 2012 to Sep Qtr 2012
Sep Qtr 2011 to Sep Qtr 2012

Sydney
102.2
1.7
2.3
Melbourne
101.6
1.2
1.8
Brisbane
101.6
1.1
1.7
Adelaide
101.7
1.5
1.7
Perth
101.6
1.1
2.0
Hobart
100.6
0.7
0.7
Darwin
102.0
1.3
2.1
Canberra
101.4
1.1
1.6
Weighted average of eight capital cities
101.8
1.4
2.0

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



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