6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Dec 2010 Quality Declaration 
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25 January 2011
Embargo: 11.30 am (CANBERRA TIME)

ABS CPI December Quarter 2010 up 0.4%
The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in the December quarter 2010, compared with a rise of 0.7% in the September quarter 2010.

The most significant price rises this quarter were for fruit (+15.5%), vegetables (+11.4%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+3.8%) and automotive fuel (+2.1%). The most significant offsetting price falls were in pharmaceuticals (–6.2%), deposit and loan facilities (–1.3%), motor vehicles (–1.0%), audio, visual and computing equipment (–4.8%) and motor vehicle repair (–1.9%).

The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 2.7% through the year to December quarter 2010, compared with a rise of 2.8% through the year to September quarter 2010.

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

The ABS recently completed an extensive review of its CPI and has announced changes to ensure the CPI continues to meet the requirements of the Australian community. The 16th series CPI will be introduced from the September quarter 2011. For more details about changes to the CPI, please refer to Information Paper: Outcome of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat. no. 6469.0), or www.abs.gov.au.

Subject to the level of interest, the ABS is proposing to hold public information sessions to explain the planned changes to the CPI, and respond to any questions people may have about the changes. If interest permits, sessions will be held in ABS capital city offices during February. To register your interest please contact the ABS at cpi.review@abs.gov.au or on (02) 6252 7124 by February 4, 2011.

Media Note:
Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.