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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Jun 2011 Quality Declaration 
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Mar Qtr 2011 to Jun Qtr 2011
Jun Qtr 2010 to Jun Qtr 2011
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

Food
1.4
6.1
Alcohol and tobacco
0.7
5.6
Clothing and footwear
2.5
1.1
Housing
0.4
4.6
Household contents and services
1.5
0.1
Health
2.0
4.0
Transportation
1.2
3.5
Communication
0.4
0.4
Recreation
-0.6
-0.3
Education
0.0
5.9
Financial and insurance services
1.6
4.2
All groups
0.9
3.6
All groups excluding Housing and Financial and insurance services
1.0
3.2


All Groups, Quarterly change
Graph: All Groups quarterly percentage change

Contribution to quarterly change - June Quarter 2011
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change




JUNE KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.9% in the June quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 1.6% in the March quarter 2011.
  • rose 3.6% through the year to the June quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 3.3% through the year to the March quarter 2011.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for fruit (+26.9%), automotive fuel (+4.0%), hospital and medical services (+3.4%), furniture (+6.0%), deposit and loan facilities (+2.1%) and rents (+1.1%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls were for vegetables (-10.3%), audio, visual and computing equipment (-6.3%), electricity (-1.5%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (-1.5%), milk (-4.6%) and toiletries and personal care products (-2.3%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2011 26 October 2011
December 2011 25 January 2012
March 2012 24 April 2012
June 2012 25 July 2012



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue incorporates a number of amendments to historical series in the international comparisons Tables 11 and 12 where errors had been made in the process of re-referencing all series to a common index base. The index numbers and movements included in these tables are derived from internationally comparable indexes and re-referenced to a base of 1989-90 = 100.0. Please see paragraphs 16 - 18 in the explanatory notes for more information on these tables.


INTRODUCTION OF THE 16TH SERIES CPI - SEPTEMBER QUARTER 2011 ISSUE

The 16th series CPI will be introduced from the September quarter 2011. This will include a new commodity classification and expenditure weights from the 2009-10 Household Expenditure survey. See the section Changes to the CPI from September Quarter 2011 for more details on these and other changes.


IMPACT OF THE FLOODS AND CYCLONE YASI

Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland, and intensified in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. In early February 2011, Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi crossed the north Queensland coast. Gale force winds, flooding rain and storm surges caused significant damage to areas in the storm's path.

On a quarter to quarter basis the prices of items can be impacted by a number of factors including exchange rates, supply constraints, specialling and seasonal patterns. The impact of events like the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi cannot be readily quantified. ABS price index compilation methodologies and quality assurance processes have ensured that any impact of the floods and cyclone on consumer prices is reflected in the data included in this publication.


ROUNDING

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


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.




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