Australia's export prices rose unexpectedly by 4.5 percent quarter-on-quarter in the March quarter 2019, beating market expectations of a 0.8 percent fall and following a 4.4 percent gain in the previous period. It was the higher reading in a year, when the index rose 4.9 percent, as cost went up further for crude materials, inedible, except fuels (11.7 percent); commodities and transactions, n.e.s. (6.5 percent); food and live animals (2.1 percent); miscellaneous manufactured articles (1.3 percent); machinery & transport equipment (0.9 percent); and beverages & tobacco (0.6 percent). Conversely, prices dropped for mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (-0.3 percent); chemicals and related products, n.e.s. (-0.3 percent); and animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes (-0.2 percent). Through the year to the first quarter, the export price index increased 15.3 percent, the weakest yearly reading in three quarters. Export Prices in Australia averaged 55.86 Index Points from 1974 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 112.20 Index Points in the fourth quarter of 2008 and a record low of 16.30 Index Points in the third quarter of 1974.