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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2015 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
22 April 2015
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
50/2015
CPI rises 0.2 per cent in March quarter 2015

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 per cent in the March quarter 2015, following a rise of 0.2 per cent in the December quarter 2014, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

The most significant price rises this quarter were in domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+3.5 per cent), tertiary education (+5.7 per cent) and medical and hospital services (+2.2 per cent), These rises were partially offset by falls in automotive fuel (—12.2 per cent) and fruit (—8.0 per cent). The decrease in fuel was registered in all fuel types with the quarterly fall the largest since December 2008 and over the twelve months to March 2015, automotive fuel has decreased by 22.5 per cent. This is the largest yearly fall in the history of the series, beginning in September 1973.

The CPI rose 1.3 per cent through the year to the March quarter 2015, following a rise of 1.7 per cent through the year to the December quarter 2014.

Further information is available in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0) available from the ABS website - http://www.abs.gov.au

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