Australia's import prices increased by 1.9 percent quarter-on-quarter in the September quarter of 2018, following a 3.2 percent rise in the previous quarter and beating market expectations of 1.1 percent. The main contributors to the rise were higher prices for petroleum, petroleum products and related materials (5.1 percent), manufactures of metals (8.3 percent), office machines and automatic data-processing machines (3.3 percent), miscellaneous manufactured articles (2.5 percent), and articles of apparel and clothing (3.1 percent). Through the year to the third quarter, the index rose 9.8 percent. The main contributor to the rise is petroleum, petroleum products and related materials (48.3 percent). Import Prices in Australia averaged 92.88 Index Points from 1981 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 116.30 Index Points in the second quarter of 2001 and a record low of 51.50 Index Points in the third quarter of 1981.