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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/04/2013   
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24 April 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time) Wednesday 24 April 2013

ABS CPI March quarter 2013 rises 0.4 per cent

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the March quarter 2013, compared with a rise of 0.2 per cent in the December quarter 2012.

The most significant price rises in the March quarter 2013 were for new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (+1.7 per cent), pharmaceutical products (+7.6 per cent), tertiary education (+6.5 per cent) and tobacco (+3.7 per cent). The most significant offsetting price falls were for international holiday travel and accommodation (–5.2 per cent), furniture (–6.8 per cent) and fruit (–7.0 per cent).

The CPI rose 2.5 per cent through the year to the March quarter 2013, compared with a rise of 2.2 per cent through the year to the December quarter 2012.

Further information is available in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no 6401.0).

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