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6427.0 - Producer Price Indexes, Australia, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/04/2009   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 08 to Mar Qtr 09
Mar Qtr 08 to Mar Qtr 09
STAGE OF PRODUCTION
% change
% change

Final (Stage 3) commodities (excl. exports)
-0.4
4.0
Domestic
-1.0
1.8
Imports
3.9
20.3
Intermediate (Stage 2) commodities
-3.2
3.9
Domestic
-2.3
3.1
Imports
-8.3
9.6
Preliminary (Stage 1) commodities
-4.6
4.3
Domestic
-2.7
4.8
Imports
-16.0
0.7


Final Stage, Base 1998-99 = 100.0
Graph: Final Stage, Base 1998-99 = 100.0

Final Stage, Quarterly % change
Graph: Final Stage, Quarterly % change




MARCH KEY POINTS


FINAL (STAGE 3) COMMODITIES
  • decreased by 0.4% in the March quarter 2009.
  • mainly due to price decreases in building construction (-1.6%), petroleum refining (-8.9%) and dairy product manufacturing (-4.9%).
  • partially offset by price increases in industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing (+5.4%) and tobacco product manufacturing (+12.8%).
  • increased by 4.0% through the year to March quarter 2009.


INTERMEDIATE (STAGE 2) COMMODITIES
  • decreased by 3.2% in the March quarter 2009.
  • mainly due to price decreases in oil and gas extraction (-25.0%), basic chemical manufacturing (-23.5%), grain, sheep, beef and dairy cattle farming (-11.4%) and petroleum refining (-15.5%).
  • partially offset by price increases in motor vehicle and part manufacturing (+7.7%), marketing and business management services (+2.6%) and industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing (+4.0%).
  • increased by 3.9% through the year to March quarter 2009.


PRELIMINARY (STAGE 1) COMMODITIES
  • decreased by 4.6% in the March quarter 2009.
  • mainly due to price decreases in oil and gas extraction (-25.0%), basic chemical manufacturing (-23.4%) and petroleum refining (-15.1%).
  • partially offset by price increases in motor vehicle and part manufacturing (+7.6%), marketing and business management services (+2.6%) and industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing (+3.9%).
  • increased by 4.3% through the year to March quarter 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2009 20 July 2009
September 2009 26 October 2009
December 2009 25 January 2010
March 2010 27 April 2010



FORTHCOMING CHANGES

As foreshadowed in the December quarter 2008 issue, the content and format of this publication will change from September quarter 2009, to reflect an updated weighting pattern and the new industrial classification (ANZSIC 2006).


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue includes an Appendix at page 46 outlining the ANZSIC 2006 changes, including series which will be discontinued. Correspondences between the old (ANZSIC 1993) and new (ANZSIC 2006) classifications are available via the 'Downloads' tab associated with this publication on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


ROUNDING

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


DATA REFERENCES

Data referenced in the Key points and Commentary are available from the tables shown in this publication, or in the corresponding tables of this publication on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Lee Taylor on Canberra (02) 6252 6251.


SUMMARY COMMENTARY


COMMENTARY

Links to Other Parts of This Release

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Commentary

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Price Indexes and Contract Price Indexation


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