Price expectations higher in Country Areas than Capital Cities

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 19-Nov-19

Surveyed in October, Australians as a whole expect prices to increase by 4.1% annually over the next two years. This is up very slightly (0.1%) on how they were feeling in September, but is down to a greater degree (0.4%) on their expectations a year earlier. Comparing price expectations around Australia reveals a significant divide between Country Areas with higher price inflation expectations than Australia’s Capital Cities. Australians in Country Areas expect prices to rise by 4.3% annually over the next two years, compared to only 4% in the Capital Cities. Price expectations in Country Victoria (4.8%) are higher than anywhere else in Australia and significantly higher than in the Victorian capital of Melbourne (4.1%). There is a similar dynamic at play in Country NSW (4.2%) compared to NSW Capital Sydney (3.8%) although the gap is narrower. The two exceptions to this rule are Queensland in which price expectations are at 4.4% throughout the State and South Australia. Price expectations in Adelaide (3.9%) are slightly higher than in Country South Australia (3.8%) although both are below the national average.


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