April 28, 2010
Embargo: 11.30am (Canberra Time)
ABS CPI March Quarter 2010 Up 0.9%
The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 0.9% in the March quarter 2010, compared with a rise of
0.5% in the December quarter 2009.
The most significant price rises this quarter were for automotive fuel (+4.2%), pharmaceuticals
(+13.3%), deposit and loan facilities (+3.4%), vegetables (+10.3%), electricity (+5.9%), house
purchase (+1.2%) and hospital and medical services (+2.9%). The most significant offsetting price
falls were for furniture (4.6%), fruit (5.7%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (2.3%),
audio, visual and computing equipment (5.9%), men's outerwear (6.7%) and children's and
infants' clothing (9.9%).
The ABS Consumer Price Index rose 2.9% through the year to March quarter 2010, compared with
an annual rise of 2.1% through the year to December quarter 2009.
Further information is available in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat no. 6401.0) at
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