THE Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged in the December quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 0.6% in the September quarter.
The flat inflation figure also gives the RBA less incentive to lift the cash rate.
The most significant price rises in December were:
- domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+7.3%),
- rents (+1.0),
- telecommunication equipment and services (+1.1%),
- beer (+1.2%) and
- automotive fuel (+0.7%).
The most significant offsetting price falls were:
- fruit (-13.4%),
- pharmaceutical products (-5.6%),
- vegetables (-5.0%),
- audio, visual and computing equipment (-3.4%),
- international holiday travel and accommodation (-1.9%) and
- motor vehicles (-1.2%).
The CPI rose 3.1% through the year to the December quarter, compared with a rise of 3.5% through the year to the September quarter.
The CPI measures rises and falls in the cost of living based on a 'basket' of goods the ABS deems to be representative of living costs.
Further information is available in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0).
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