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6.2 Price indexes for computer services

As part of ABS' commitment to provide more statistics on service industries, the Producer Price Indexes section is now producing a quarterly publication, Producer Price Indexes for Selected Service Industries (Catalogue 6423.0). The publication covers the Transport (Freight) and Storage division, and the Property and Business Services division of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

The indexes will improve the quality of national accounts by providing more deflators for deriving real measures of economic growth.

The following ANZSIC classes comprise the Computer Services sub-division (783):

  • Data processing services (7831),
  • Information storage and retrieval services (7832),
  • Computer maintenance services (7833),
  • Computer consultancy services (7834).

These classes as a total (Computer Services 783) contribute points to the Property and Business Services division index. For example, in June Quarter 2000, the Computer Services sub-division contributed 8.76 points towards the Property and Business Services division index of 107.95.

In June Quarter 2000, the most significant price movements occurred in:
  • Data processing services - an increase of 1.8% (due to wage increases),
  • Information storage and retrieval services - a decrease of 4.9% (due to productivity savings).

Computer service price indexes, Australia, June quarter 2000

Computer
services
783
Data processing services
7831
Information storage & retrieval services 7832Computer maintenance services
7833
Computer
consultancy
services
7834

1997-98na98.0nanana
1998-99100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0

1997
Marchnanananana
Junena96.6nanana
Septemberna97.4nanana
Decemberna97.597.8nana

1998
Marchna97.897.8nana
Junena99.398.2nana
September97.199.798.399.296.4
December97.899.1100.099.897.3

1999
March99.199.0100.4100.598.9
June106.1102.3101.3100.6107.5
September106.4103.8101.0100.5107.7
December108.2104.9100.4100.7109.9

2000
March108.6105.2100.0100.7110.4
June108.7107.195.1100.7110.5


Note: Service indexes are output indexes ie. the valuation basis is basic prices (amount received by the service provider exclusive of indirect taxes, and transport and trade margins).
Base of each index - 1998-99 = 100.0
na - not available

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