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6457.0 - International Trade Price Indexes, Australia, Mar 2006  
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MARCH QUARTER KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 05 to Mar Qtr 06
Mar Qtr 05 to Mar Qtr 06
% change
% change

Import Price Index all groups
1.8
6.7
Food and live animals
1.3
8.1
Beverages and tobacco
-0.7
6.9
Crude materials
1.9
9.1
Mineral fuels, etc.
7.3
53.9
Animal and vegetable oils, etc.
6.3
22.9
Chemicals and related products
-0.3
1.9
Manufactured goods by material
2.2
4.2
Machinery and transport equipment
0.3
-0.4
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2.2
3.7
Commodities and transactions n.e.s.
15.4
37.5
Export Price Index all groups
5.1
22.9
Food and live animals
2.4
6.9
Beverages and tobacco
0.6
2.3
Crude materials
5.3
26.1
Mineral fuels, etc.
3.5
49.0
Chemicals and related products
4.7
13.4
Manufactured goods by material
13.2
20.4
Machinery and transport equipment
0.7
3.8
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1.2
7.7

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



MARCH QUARTER KEY POINTS

IMPORT PRICE INDEX

  • The Import Price Index increased by 1.8% in the March quarter 2006, following a 0.4% increase in the December quarter 2005. Crude and other petroleum oils were the main contributors to the increase. The most significant offsetting price decreases were for imports of chemical products and medicaments. Through the year to March quarter 2006, the IPI rose 6.7%.

EXPORT PRICE INDEX
  • The Export Price Index increased by 5.1% in the March quarter 2006, following a 2.2% increase in the December quarter 2005. The increase this quarter was driven by price rises for aluminium, gold, alumina, crude petroleum oils, copper ores and concentrates, refined copper and alloys, and zinc. The most significant offsetting price decreases were for exports of medicaments and fresh and frozen edible offal. Through the year to March quarter 2006, the EPI rose 22.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER)Release Date
June 200621 July 2006
September 2006 20 October 2006


CHANGES TO TIME SERIES SPREADSHEETS

The time series spreadsheets associated with this publication have been converted from Lotus 1-2-3 .wks format to Excel .xls format. Information paper: Changes to Time Series Spreadsheets for International Trade Price Indexes, Australia, cat. no. 6457.0.55.001, advising users of this change, was released on 3 March 2006 and provides a concordance between the old Lotus 1-2-3 .wks spreadsheets and the new Excel .xls spreadsheets.

ROUNDING

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

RELATED STATISTICS

For more information about statistics in this publication contact Steve Whennan on (02) 6252 6251, or email <steve.whennan@abs.gov.au>.

INQUIRIES

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