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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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CAPITAL CITIES COMPARISON


ALL GROUPS

All Groups: Percentage change from previous quarter
Graph: All Groups: Percentage change from previous quarter


At the All groups level, the CPI rose in all capital cities this quarter. Melbourne and Perth registered the highest increases with rises of 1.3% and 1.1% respectively, while rises for all other capital cities were in the range of 0.5% to 0.8%.

At the eight capital cities level, the housing group was the highest positive contributor to the quarterly movement driven by rises for electricity. Increases were recorded in all capital cities with the housing group the largest positive contributor in Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

The health group recorded the second highest positive contribution with rises in all capital cities ranging from 3.1% in Adelaide to 5.4% in Brisbane. In four capital cities the health group was the highest positive contributor. This was mainly due to increases in pharmaceuticals prices across all capital cities ranging from 11.9% in Perth to 15.4% in Hobart.

The financial and insurance services group was also a significant contributor to the quarterly movement showing increases in all capital cities. This was mainly due to deposit and loan facilities which recorded rises in all capital cities.

The clothing and footwear group was the largest negative contributor with falls in all capital cities ranging from 1.4% in Canberra to 7.9% in Perth. This was mainly due to the impact of price decreases for men's outerwear in seven capital cities and children's and infants' clothing in all capital cities.

The household contents and services group was the second largest negative contributor with falls in seven capital cities. The exception was Darwin (+0.7%) due to price increases for other household supplies.

Over the twelve months to March quarter 2010, the All groups CPI rose in all capital cities with the increases ranging from 2.6% in Canberra and Adelaide to 3.5% in Darwin. The higher result in Darwin is largely due to stronger than average rises in housing, alcohol and tobacco, transportation and household contents and services.

CPI, All groups index numbers and percentage changes

INDEX NUMBER(a)
PERCENTAGE CHANGE
Mar Qtr 2010
Mar 2009 to Mar 2010
Dec Qtr 2009 to Mar Qtr 2010

Sydney
170.5
3.0
0.8
Melbourne
168.5
2.8
1.3
Brisbane
176.0
3.0
0.7
Adelaide
173.7
2.6
0.6
Perth
171.6
3.4
1.1
Hobart
170.0
3.2
0.8
Darwin
168.7
3.5
0.5
Canberra
171.7
2.6
0.6
Weighted average of eight capital cities
171.0
2.9
0.9

(a) Base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0.



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