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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/04/2009   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 2008 to Mar Qtr 2009
Mar Qtr 2008 to Mar Qtr 2009
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

Food
2.2
5.7
Alcohol and tobacco
1.0
5.7
Clothing and footwear
-0.5
2.1
Housing
0.9
5.5
Household contents and services
0.8
1.9
Health
4.4
5.3
Transportation
-1.5
-4.6
Communication
0.4
1.0
Recreation
-1.1
0.5
Education
5.4
5.0
Financial and insurance services
-6.3
-1.4
All groups
0.1
2.5
All groups excluding Housing and Financial and insurance services
0.8
2.1


All Groups, Quarterly change
Graph: All Groups, Quarterly change

Contribution to quarterly change, March quarter 2009
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change, March quarter 2009—March Quarter 2009




MARCH KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.1% in the March quarter 2009, compared with a fall of 0.3% in the December quarter 2008.
  • rose 2.5% through the year to March quarter 2009, compared to an annual rise of 3.7% to December quarter 2008.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price increases were pharmaceuticals (+13.0%), rents (+1.7%), secondary education fees (+7.6%), vegetables (+6.0%), and electricity (+3.6%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls this quarter were for deposit and loan facilities (-14.1%), automotive fuel (-8.1%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (-5.1%) and overseas holiday travel and accommodation (-4.0%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2009 22 July 2009
September 2009 28 October 2009
December 2009 27 January 2010
March 2010 28 April 2010



ROUNDING

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


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