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Australia CPI slows to 5.4% yoy in Q3, but rises to 5.6% yoy in Sep

Australia’s CPI for Q3 registered a 1.2% qoq rise, exceeding expectation of 1.1% qoq and marking an acceleration from the previous quarter’s 0.8% qoq. Notably, some of the most pronounced price hikes were observed in automotive fuel (+7.2%), rents (+2.2%), new dwelling purchases by owner-occupiers (+1.3%), and electricity (+4.2%).

Over the twelve months, inflation saw a deceleration, with CPI moving from 6.0% yoy to 5.4% yoy in Q3. However, this figure surpassed the anticipated 5.3% yoy. It’s essential to note that this is the third consecutive quarter where the annual inflation rate has experienced a downturn, dropping from its high of 7.8% in Q4 2022.

The trimmed mean CPI, which excludes volatile items, recorded a 1.2% qoq increase again outpacing the forecasted 1.1% qoq and the previous quarter’s 1.0% qoq . When analyzing the annualized data, the trimmed mean CPI decelerated from 5.9% yoy to 5.2% yoy, surpassing the predicted 5.1% yoy.

Commenting on the latest figures, Michelle Marquardt, ABS head of price statistics, highlighted that “prices continued to rise for most goods and services.” However, she also noted a few sectors that registered price declines, notably child care, vegetables, and domestic holiday travel and accommodation.

Furthermore, the monthly CPI for September recorded acceleration from 5.2% yoy to 5.6% yoy , which was above the anticipated 5.4% yoy. Significant price surges in this period were identified in Housing (+7.2%), Transport (+9.4%), and Food and non-alcoholic beverages (+4.7%).

Reflecting on these trends, Marquardt stated, “This is the second consecutive rise in the annual movement up from 5.2% in August and 4.9% in July. While many industries’ price increases are slowing, automotive fuel has had large annual increases in the last two months, which has been driving the movement higher.”

Full Australia CPI release here.

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