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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/04/2008   
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23/04/2008 Note: There was a small error in Table 12. International Comparisons. The Percentage Change from the corresponding quarter of previous year for Germany should be 3.0%.


MARCH KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 2007 to
Mar Qtr 2008
Mar Qtr 2007 to
Mar Qtr 2008
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

Food
2.1
5.7
Alcohol and tobacco
1.0
3.8
Clothing and footwear
-2.4
-0.5
Housing
1.9
5.7
Household contents and services
-0.6
-0.7
Health
4.0
4.6
Transportation
1.9
6.8
Communication
-0.1
0.1
Recreation
-0.3
1.4
Education
5.2
4.3
Financial and insurance services
1.7
6.8
All groups
1.3
4.2
All groups excluding Housing and Financial and insurance services
1.1
3.5


All Groups, Quarterly change
Graph: All Groups, Quarterly change

Contribution to quarterly change, March quarter 2008
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change, March quarter 2008—December Quarter 2007




MARCH KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 1.3% in the March quarter 2008, compared with a rise of 0.9% in the December quarter.
  • rose 4.2% through the year to March quarter 2008.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant contributors to the increase this quarter were automotive fuel (+5.4%), pharmaceuticals (+13.1%), house purchase (+1.7%), electricity (+6.0%), rents (+2.0%) and other financial services (+2.0%).
  • The most significant offsetting decreases were for furniture (-3.6%), audio, visual and computing equipment (-5.8%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (-1.4%) and accessories (-5.3%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2008 23 July 2008
September 2008 22 October 2008
December 2008 28 January 2009
March 2009 22 April 2009



ROUNDING

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


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

An article 'A Brief Explanation of the CPI' can be found in the Appendix on page 32 of this issue.

A new table, Table 16. CPI: Groups, Sub-groups and Expenditure Class, Points Contribution, by Capital Cities will be released on the ABS website from the March quarter 2008.


HISTORICAL WEIGHTING PATTERNS NOW AVAILABLE

As of the March quarter 2008, historical CPI weighting patterns have been made available. These can be found on the website in Consumer Price Index: Historical Weighting Patterns (1948 to 2005) (cat. no. 6431.0).


ABBREVIATIONS

ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics

CPI Consumer Price Index


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