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Australia’s CPI down to 4.1% yoy in Q4, monthly CPI down to 3.4% yoy in Dec

Australia’s inflation data for Q4 show notable easing in price pressures. CPI rose by 0.6% qoq, a considerable slowdown from the previous quarter’s 1.2% qoq and below expectation 0.8% qoq. This marks the smallest quarterly increase since Q1 2021. On an annual basis, CPI decelerated from 5.4% yoy to 4.1% yoy, coming in lower than the forecasted 4.3% yoy.

RBA’s trimmed mean CPI, which is a measure of core inflation, also reflected this trend. It increased by 0.8% qoq and 4.2% yoy, down from 1.2% qoq and 5.2% yoy respectively in the previous quarter. These figures were below the expected 0.9% qoq and 4.3% yoy. Notably, this represents the fourth consecutive quarter of declining annual trimmed mean inflation, falling from a peak of 6.8% in Q4 2022.

Additionally, monthly CPI showed a sharp slowdown from 4.3% yoy to 3.4% yoy, undershooting expectation of 3.7% yoy.

Full Australia CPI release here.

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