Australia's consumer price inflation eased to 1.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018 from 2.1 percent in the previous period. The latest figure was in line with market expectations, mainly due to a marked slowdown in cost of housing. On a quarterly basis, consumer prices went up 0.4 percent, the same as in the June quarter and matching consensus. Inflation Rate in Australia averaged 5.01 percent from 1951 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 23.90 percent in the fourth quarter of 1951 and a record low of -1.30 percent in the second quarter of 1962.

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Australia Q3 Inflation Rate Slows to 1.9%


Australia's consumer price inflation eased to 1.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018 from 2.1 percent in the previous period. The latest figure was in line with market expectations, mainly due to a marked slowdown in cost of housing.

Year-on-year, cost of housing increased by 1.6 percent in the September quarter, slower than a 3.1 percent rise in the prior quarter, mainly driven by new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (2 percent vs 2.7 percent) and utilities (1.9 percent vs 8 percent). Also, cost advanced at a softer rate for: alcoholic and tobacco (6.8 percent vs 7.8 percent in the June quarter); health (3.2 percent vs 3.4 percent); and insurance and financial services (1.4 percent vs 1.5 percent). In addition, cost fell further for: furnishings, household equipment and services (-2 percent vs -0.5 percent); and communication (-4.3 percent vs -4.2 percent).

On the other hand, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased 1.6 percent, faster than a 0.3 percent rise in the second quarter. It was the highest food inflation since the June quarter 2017, largely due to fruits and vegetables (5 percent vs -3.2 percent), bread and cereal products (0.2 percent vs -0.8 percent), and meat and seafood (1.4 percent vs 1.1 percent). Meanwhile, cost of transport went up at a higher 6 percent, after a 5.2 percent gain in the previous period, mostly due to automotive fuels (20.8 percent vs 16.3 percent). At the same time, cost advanced faster for recreation and culture (1.2 percent vs 0.8 percent); and education (2.8 percent vs 2.7 percent), while declined less for clothing and footwear (-0.8 percent vs -2 percent).

RBA Trimmed Mean CPI rose 1.8 percent year-on-year, compared to a 1.9 percent gain in the second quarter and slightly below expectations of 1.9 percent. Quarter-on-quarter, the index increased by 0.4 percent, easing from a 0.5 percent rise in the prior three months and matching estimates. RBA Weighted Mean CPI went up 1.7 percent year-on-year in the three months to September, following a 1.9 percent rise in the June quarter and below forecasts of 1.9 percent.

On a quarterly basis, consumer prices went up 0.4 percent, the same as in the June quarter and matching market consensus. The most significant price rises were international holiday travel and accommodation (4.3 percent), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (2.4 percent), tobacco (1.8 percent) and automotive fuel (1.4 percent). The rise was partially offset by falls in child care (-11.8 percent) and telecommunications equipment and services (-1.5 percent).


ABS l Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
10/31/2018 11:08:52 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-24 01:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 1.9% 1.9% 2% 2%
2018-07-25 01:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 2.1% 1.9% 2.2% 2.2%
2018-10-31 12:30 AM Inflation Rate YoY 1.9% 2.1% 1.9% 2.1%


Australia Prices Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Inflation Rate 1.90 2.10 23.90 -1.30 percent [+]
Inflation Rate Mom 0.40 0.40 7.55 -1.54 percent [+]
Consumer Price Index CPI 113.50 113.00 113.50 4.20 Index Points [+]
Core Consumer Prices 114.60 114.25 114.60 75.47 Index Points [+]
Core Inflation Rate 1.80 1.90 10.70 1.60 percent [+]
GDP Deflator 106.48 106.29 106.48 6.59 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices 110.30 109.40 110.30 70.70 Index Points [+]
Producer Prices Change 2.10 1.50 6.30 -1.50 percent [+]
Export Prices 100.10 96.50 112.20 16.30 Index Points [+]
Import Prices 112.10 110.00 116.30 51.50 Index Points [+]
Food Inflation 1.60 0.30 20.60 -3.20 percent [+]
Inflation Expectations 4.00 4.00 8.60 2.80 percent [+]
CPI Housing Utilities 121.30 120.80 121.30 10.30 Index Points [+]
CPI Transportation 106.30 105.50 106.30 11.30 Index Points [+]


Australia Inflation Rate

In Australia, the most important categories in the consumer price index are housing (22.3 percent of the total weight), food and non–alcoholic beverages (16.8 percent), recreation and culture (12.6 percent), transport (11.6 percent), furnishings, household equipment and services (9.1 percent), alcohol and tobacco (7.1 percent), health (5.3 percent) and insurance and financial services (5.1 percent). Clothing and footwear, education and communication account for remaining 10.2 percent of total weight. This page provides the latest reported value for - Australia Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Australia Inflation Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.90 2.10 23.90 -1.30 1951 - 2018 percent Quarterly
2011/2012=100




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Argentina 40.30 Sep/18
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Brazil 4.56 Oct/18
Canada 2.20 Sep/18
China 2.50 Oct/18
Euro Area 2.20 Oct/18
France 2.20 Oct/18
Germany 2.50 Oct/18
India 3.31 Oct/18
Indonesia 3.16 Oct/18
Italy 1.60 Oct/18
Japan 1.20 Sep/18
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Netherlands 2.10 Oct/18
Russia 3.50 Oct/18
Saudi Arabia 2.10 Sep/18
Singapore 0.70 Sep/18
South Africa 4.90 Sep/18
South Korea 2.00 Oct/18
Spain 2.30 Oct/18
Switzerland 1.10 Oct/18
Turkey 25.24 Oct/18
United Kingdom 2.40 Sep/18
United States 2.30 Sep/18


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