Australian Bureau of Statistics
6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/10/2003
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SEPTEMBER QTR KEY POINTS
THE ALL GROUPS CPI
OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
There are no changes in this issue.
ANALYTICAL LIVING COST INDEXES FOR SELECTED AUSTRALIAN HOUSEHOLD TYPES
Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types are compiled once a year after each June quarter release of this publication. The latest update of these series, to June quarter 2003, was released in the October 2003 issue of the Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no. 1350.0). A link to this article can be found in Related Links at the CPI page of the ABS website.
Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact Steve Whennan on Canberra (02) 6252 6251 , or the National Information Service on 1300 135 070.
ANALYSES AND COMMENTS
MAIN CONTRIBUTORS TO CHANGE
The discussion of the CPI groups below is ordered in terms of their significance to the change in All groups index points (see Tables 6 and 7).
The rise in housing costs this quarter was mainly due to increases in house purchase (+1.7%), property rates and charges (+6.1%), water and sewerage (+4.0%), rents (+0.6%), electricity (+1.4%) and gas and other household fuels (+3.1%). There were no falls.
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, housing costs rose 4.6%.
The rise in transportation costs was mainly due to an increase in the price of automotive fuel (+3.0%), other motoring charges (+4.5%), motor vehicle repair and servicing (+1.2%) and urban transport fares (+2.9%). Petrol prices fell in April (-9.4%), May (-5.6%) and June (-0.7%), rose in July (+2.9%) and August (+4.0%) and fell in September (-0.5%). Partially offsetting these increases was a fall in the price of motor vehicles (-0.5%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, transportation costs rose 1.8%.
ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO (+1.9%)
The increase in the cost of alcohol and tobacco was due to increases in the price of beer (+3.7%), tobacco (+1.5%), wine (+0.5%) and spirits (+1.0%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, the cost of alcohol and tobacco rose 3.8%.
The fall in the cost of recreation was mainly due to decreases in audio, visual and computing equipment (-7.3%), overseas holiday travel and accommodation (-2.9%) and domestic holiday travel and accommodation (-0.8%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, the cost of recreation fell 1.4%.
The fall in food costs this quarter was mainly attributable to a decrease in the price of vegetables (-7.8%) and soft drinks, waters and juices (-1.1%). Partly offsetting these decreases were increases in the cost of take away and fast foods (+1.2%), lamb and mutton (+7.2%) and snacks and confectionery (+1.4%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, food costs rose 3.0%.
The rise in the cost of the miscellaneous group was mainly due to an increase in the cost of insurance services (+1.5%) and child care (+7.3%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, miscellaneous costs rose 2.7%.
The rise in communication costs was mainly due to an increase in the cost of telecommunication (+0.7%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, the cost of communication rose 1.7%.
CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR (-0.4%)
The fall in the cost of clothing and footwear was mainly due to decreases in women's outerwear (-0.9%), women's underwear, nightwear and hosiery (-0.7%), men's footwear (-1.9%), women's footwear (-1.5%) and children's footwear (-2.4%). Partly offsetting these decreases were increases in the cost of men's outerwear (+0.2%), clothing accessories and jewellery (+0.8%) and clothing services and shoe repair (+0.4%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, clothing and footwear costs rose 0.3%.
HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS, SUPPLIES AND SERVICES (+0.1%)
The rise in the cost of household furnishings, supplies and services was mainly due to an increase in floor and window coverings (+0.9%). Partially offsetting this increase was a fall in the cost of furniture (-0.6%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, household furnishings, supplies and services costs rose 0.8%.
There was no movement in health costs this quarter. An increase in the cost of hospital and medical services (+1.0%), dental services (+1.4%) and optical services (+0.8%) was offset by a decrease in pharmaceuticals (-3.6%).
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, health costs rose 7.2%.
CAPITAL CITIES COMPARISON
At the All groups level, the September quarter 2003 CPI rose in all capital cities except Darwin where it fell 0.1%. The increases ranged from 0.1% in Sydney to 1.1% in Brisbane. The fall in Darwin was largely due to the removal of a temporary $90 levy applying to motor vehicle registration, which was introduced around the end of 2001.
Over the twelve months to September quarter 2003, the All groups CPI rose in each of the eight capital cities. The increases ranged from 1.8% in Darwin to 3.6% in Adelaide.
SELECTED TABLES FROM CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, AUSTRALIA (CAT. NO. 6401.0)
LONGER TERM SERIES:
CPI All Groups, Weighted Average of Eight Capital Cities, Index Numbers(a)
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