The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.6 per cent in the September quarter 2017, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal. This follows a rise of 0.2 per cent in the June quarter 2017.
The most significant price rises this quarter are electricity (+8.9%), tobacco (+4.1%), international holiday travel and accommodation (+4.1%) and new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (+0.8%). These rises are partially offset by falls in vegetables (-10.9%), automotive fuel (-2.3%) and telecommunication equipment and services (-1.5%).
The CPI rose 1.8 per cent through the year to September quarter 2017 having increased to 1.9 per cent in the June quarter 2017.
Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman, said “Utilities prices rose strongly in the September quarter 2017. The most significant rises relate to electricity and gas prices, with increases in wholesale prices being passed on to consumers. Increases in wholesale prices have been observed across the National Electricity Market (NEM), with the most significant rises this quarter in electricity being observed in Adelaide; Sydney; Canberra and Perth.”
Further information is available in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. No. 6401.0) available from the ABS website: http://abs.gov.au