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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/04/2010   
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MEDIA RELEASE
April 28, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (CANBERRA TIME) 28/04/2010
45/2010
ABS CPI March Quarter 2010 Up 0.9%
The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 0.9% in the March quarter 2010, compared with a rise of 0.5% in the December quarter 2009.

The most significant price rises this quarter were for automotive fuel (+4.2%), pharmaceuticals (+13.3%), deposit and loan facilities (+3.4%), vegetables (+10.3%), electricity (+5.9%), house purchase (+1.2%) and hospital and medical services (+2.9%). The most significant offsetting price falls were for furniture (–4.6%), fruit (–5.7%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (–2.3%), audio, visual and computing equipment (–5.9%), men's outerwear (–6.7%) and children's and infants' clothing (–9.9%).

The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 2.9% through the year to March quarter 2010, compared with an annual rise of 2.1% through the year to December quarter 2009.

Further information is available in
Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat no. 6401.0)

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