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Consumers Price Index: December 2012 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  18 January 2013
Key facts

In the December 2012 quarter compared with the September 2012 quarter:

  • The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.2 percent. 
  • The main downward contribution came from the food group (down 1.8 percent), reflecting lower prices for vegetables.
  • The main upward contribution came from housing and household utility prices (up 0.6 percent), with higher prices for property maintenance services, rentals for housing, and purchase of newly built houses.
  • The transport group rose 0.6 percent, reflecting higher prices for international air fares.

From the December 2011 quarter to the December 2012 quarter:

  • The CPI increased 0.9 percent. 

The CPI measures the rate of price change of goods and services purchased by New Zealand households. Statistics NZ visits 3,000 shops around New Zealand to collect prices for the CPI and check product sizes and features.

 Graph, Consumers price index, quarterly change, December 2009 quarter to December 2012 quarter.

Graph, Consumers price index, annual change, December 2009 quarter to December 2012 quarter.
 
 

Geoff Bascand

18 January 2013
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0452
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