1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

  • After two quarters of negative growth, Perth's Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.8% in the June quarter 2009.
  • In the year to June 2009, Perth's CPI rose 1.4%, the same percentage rise shown in the weighted average for the eight Australian capital cities. All the capital cities recorded rising prices, with Darwin the largest increase (2.5%) followed by Canberra (2.1%), while Melbourne had the smallest increase (1.2%).
  • Since early 2008, the Perth CPI has been close to the weighted average for Australian capital cities, after 3 years of being considerably higher.


  • Clothing and footwear (7%) was the most significant contributor to the June increase after a substantial decrease (-5.4%) in March 2009. Within this group, men's clothing, men's outerwear and accessories all rose between 11% and 13%.
  • Another significant contributor to the price increase was Transportation (2.8%), particularly automotive fuel prices which increased by 7%, reversing the negative change in the last two quarters. Health costs (hospital and medical services up 4.8%) and household and content services (towels and linen up 12%) also drove the increase.
  • In contrast, the June quarter saw price decreases in financial and insurance services (-1.7%) and recreation (-0.7%). Deposits and loan facilities (-4.4%) was again the main contributor to the decrease in the cost of financial and insurance services.

1 Consumer Price Index(a), by group - Perth

Change from same quarter previous year
Change from previous quarter
Jun 09
Jun 09
%
%

All groups
1.4
0.8
Food
3.7
-0.3
Alcohol and tobacco
4.6
0.3
Clothing and footwear
0.1
7.0
Housing
5.1
1.0
Household contents and services
4.0
2.3
Health
5.9
2.4
Transportation
-6.1
2.8
Communication
1.1
0.2
Recreation
0.1
-0.7
Education
5.3
-
Financial and insurance services(b)
-7.2
-1.7

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Unless otherwise specified, base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0.
(b) Base of index: June quarter 2005 = 100.0.
Source: Consumer Price Index, Australia, cat. no. 6401.0.


  • In the year to June 2009 the main contributors to Perth's CPI increase were Health, Education and Housing.
  • The negative contributors over the year were Financial and insurance services and Transportation.




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