Topic archives: Consumer Price Index

Changing how CPI is measured won’t help inflation

and October 26, 2017 2

The ABS is changing the way it measures inflation and the results might disappoint inflation hawks, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

July 26, 2017 4

Wages are stagnant! Woohoo! ... who hasn't been stitched up by their mum? ... Adani's coal-free PR ...

No, the RBA is not going to cut rates on Cup Day

October 26, 2016 1

New inflation data shows a small rise in prices, but it's mostly down to the weather.

Governments may be the chief reason why ‘rate cut looms’

July 29, 2016 2

Australia may soon face a monetary policy challenge other countries are dealing with of very low interest rates -- the product of an economy where pricing pressure is coming from governments, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

CPI: odds on a rate cut strengthen off tepid inflation

July 27, 2016 1

A low Consumer Price Index result suggests the Reserve Bank might cut interest rates again but it will be looking at underlying measures, not the headline rate, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Business bites: Bank of Japan … budget plan … hush, squawking clan …

April 28, 2016 2

International reserve banks set to move. And other business tidbits of the day.

Business bites: reality bites … pension fund fight … future not so bright …

April 27, 2016

Tech stocks cop a hiding. And other business tidbits of the day.

Fruit prices up, veggies down, with no inflationary worries

October 28, 2015

The Bureau of Statistics said the most significant price rises this quarter were in international holiday travel and accommodation, property rates and charges and fruit.

Stronger CPI result suggests real wage drop

Stronger CPI result suggests real wage drop

July 22, 2015 4

A slightly stronger CPI result won't trouble the Reserve Bank but means workers are continuing to look at declining real wages, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

CPI falls, but don’t expect a rate cut

CPI falls, but don’t expect a rate cut

January 28, 2015

Inflation in the December quarter showed a marked slowing, but it's unlikely to lead to an interest rate cut, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

CPI result shows soft wages offsetting the dollar

CPI result shows soft wages offsetting the dollar

October 22, 2014 3

Australia's already low inflation rate has fallen further, while wages are likely to remain subdued -- meaning lower demand in the economy, something business isn't very happy about, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Don’t be too sure ‘rate cut looms’ off the back of today’s CPI

Don’t be too sure ‘rate cut looms’ off the back of today’s CPI

July 24, 2013

While inflation overall is flat, there are a couple of signs the RBA won't be sufficiently satisfied to go for one more rate cut. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

Who’s afraid of inflation? Today’s CPI figures are benign — again

April 24, 2013 3

More benign inflation data shows "cost of living" complaints are unfounded, and gives the RBA some room to move rates downward. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane look at the numbers.

CPI figures on the economy: how sweet it is

CPI figures on the economy: how sweet it is

October 27, 2010

With growth running at more than 3%, the terms of trade at record levels, unemployment falling, the Australian economy remains in the sweetest of sweet spots for the moment with inflation under control and trending lower.

Central bank calls for CPI to be reported monthly

March 17, 2010 1

The Reserve Bank has called for the Australian Bureau of Statistics to move the Consumer Price Index to a more frequent publication schedule, urging that it be published monthly, rather than quarterly.

CPI: Fags up, bacon down

January 29, 2010

Eggs, bacon and milk are all have all become cheaper over the past year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index figures -- but you'll be slugged extra if you want to read the paper with your breakkie. Craig James rounds up these and other interesting CPI stats.

More than meets the eye to CPI rise

More than meets the eye to CPI rise

January 27, 2010

Despite the rate rise hyperbole, there were winners and losers in the December quarter's Consumer Price Index figures released by the ABS, with the headline rate of inflation halved and the annual rate of CPI jumping.

Dollar’s strength leads to a whiff of disinflation

January 25, 2010

The cost pressures seen in the September quarter, especially from government cost increases, seemed to vanish from Australian industry in the three months ending December 31.

Inflation: a dummy’s guide

November 13, 2009

It's the threat that keeps on giving: Mike Shedlock puts inflation under the microscope: what is it, and how do we measure it?

Blame the states when RBA lifts rates

October 28, 2009 7

When the Reserve Bank lifts interest rates next Tuesday and again either in December or February, you can thank the lazy, fat, rapacious State Governments.