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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
These groups contain the 90 expenditure classes, which in turn contain a selection of the individual items which are priced each quarter.
Further information about the CPI is contained in Australian Consumer Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2009 (cat. no. 6461.0).
Change from previous year
In the year to December 2010, the All Groups Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 2.1% for Canberra and 2.7% nationally (weighted average of the eight capital cities). In Canberra the most significant price rise occurred in Alcohol and tobacco, up 9.6%. The most significant rise nationally was also in Alcohol and tobacco, up 11.4%.There were decreases, both nationally and in Canberra, for Clothing and footwear (nationally -4.8%, Canberra -5.5%).
Change from previous quarter
In the December quarter 2010, the All Groups CPI rose by 0.5% for Canberra, and 0.4% nationally (weighted average of eight capital cities). The most significant price rise occurred in Food, up 2.3% in Canberra and 2.2% nationally. The most significant fall occurred for Financial and insurance services, down 1.9% in Canberra and Clothing and footwear, down 1.9% nationally.
The largest contributor to the increase of 0.5% in the CPI for Canberra in December quarter 2010 was Food (+2.3%). Within the Food group, the key driver of the increase was the price for Vegetables, which rose by 17.7% in the quarter.