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6457.0 - International Trade Price Indexes, Australia, Sep 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/2006   
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PRICE INDEXES AND CONTRACT PRICE INDEXATION


SEPTEMBER QUARTER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 06 to Sep Qtr 06
Sep Qtr 05 to Sep Qtr 06
% change
% change

Import Price Index all groups
-0.3
3.7
Food and live animals
-1.2
0.3
Beverages and tobacco
-7.1
-9.5
Crude materials
2.6
7.8
Mineral fuels, etc.
-1.0
19.2
Animal and vegetable oils, etc.
-4.0
23.7
Chemicals and related products
0.7
0.4
Manufactured goods by material
3.1
10.6
Machinery and transport equipment
-0.8
-1.2
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
-1.5
0.6
Commodities and transactions n.e.s.
-2.8
40.9
Export Price Index all groups
1.9
13.2
Food and live animals
-2.6
4.2
Beverages and tobacco
0.0
-5.5
Crude materials
11.5
20.7
Mineral fuels, etc.
-4.0
-0.4
Chemicals and related products
0.2
16.7
Manufactured goods by material
8.5
45.2
Machinery and transport equipment
-1.4
-0.1
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
0.3
3.3

IMPORT PRICE INDEX: all groups, Quarterly % change
Graph - Import Price Index all groups, Quarterly % change

EXPORT PRICE INDEX: all groups, Quarterly % change
Graph - Export Price Index all groups, Quarterly % change


SEPTEMBER QUARTER KEY POINTS

IMPORT PRICE INDEX

  • The -0.3% fall in the Import Price Index for the September quarter 2006 was mainly due to decreases in refined petroleum oils and transmission apparatus. The most significant offsetting price increases were observed for crude oils and manufactured metal products. This quarter's decrease follows a 2.3% increase in June quarter 2006. Through the year to September quarter 2006, the Import Price Index rose 3.7%.

EXPORT PRICE INDEX
  • The Export Price Index increased by 1.9% in the September quarter 2006, following a 3.6% increase in June quarter 2006. The increase this quarter was driven by price rises for iron ore and concentrates, nickel, copper, zinc and petroleum gases. The most significant offsetting price decreases were for exports of coal, aluminium, sugar and gold. Through the year to September quarter 2006, the Export Price Index rose 13.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER)Release Date
December 200619 January 2007
March 2007 20 April 2007


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Both the Import Price Index and the Export Price Index have been reweighted in the September quarter 2006. This is in line with the ABS' policy of reweighting these indexes annually in the September quarter, as explained in paragraphs 8-10 of the Explanatory Notes. The new weighting patterns are provided in an Appendix to this issue.

As a consequence of this annual reweighting, points contribution data for June quarter 2006 shown in Tables 2, 8 and 17 differ from those published in the previous issue of this publication.

ROUNDING
Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.

RELATED STATISTICS
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INQUIRIES
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