Taste of deflation as CPI plunges

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 27-Jul-20

The economic impact of COVID-19 will be reflected in the consumer price index data for the June quarter, which will be released on 29 July. The consensus forecast is for a two per cent fall in the quarter and an 0.5 per cent decline in the year to June. However. Westpac economists expect the CPI to have declined by 2.4 per cent for the quarter and 0.9 per cent over the year. The coronavirus lockdown reduced demand for a range of goods and services in the three months to June, including petrol and travel.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Rate cut chances tumble on inflation rise

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 2 : 30-Jan-20

Official data shows that headline inflation rose 0.7 per cent in the December quarter, compared with 0.5 per cent in the three months to September. The annual inflation rate rose to 1.8 per cent. Factors such as higher prices for fruit, meat and petrol contributed to the increase in the inflation rate. Ben Udy of Capital Economics says the CPI data should ensure that the Reserve Bank of Australia leaves the cash rate on hold in February. The central bank expects core inflation to rise to 1.8 per cent by the end of 2020.

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CAPITAL ECONOMICS LIMITED, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

CPI cools further rate cut chances

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 31-Oct-19

Official data shows that the consumer price index rose 0.5 per cent during the September quarter and 1.7 per cent year-on-year. Trimmed mean inflation was 0.4 per cent during the quarter and 1.6 per cent for the year to September. With the inflation rate remaining below the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent for a 15th consecutive quarter, the cash rate now seems likely to stay unchanged at 0.75 per cent for the rest of the year. Craig James of CommSec says the three interest rate cuts in 2019 have spooked consumers.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, COMMONWEALTH SECURITIES LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, ERNST AND YOUNG, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Stubbornly low inflation confounds RBA

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 2 : 1-Nov-18

Official data shows that Australia’s headline inflation rate fell to 1.9 per cent in the year to September, compared with 2.1 per cent in the year to June. The underlying inflation rate has fallen to 1.7 per cent. The CPI figures show that an increase in the cost of utilities, tobacco and petrol in the September quarter was offset by a 12 per cent decline in childcare costs following changes to federal subsidies. Despite the fact that inflation is now below the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent, most economists do not expect an increase in official interest rates until at least the end of 2019.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, CAPITAL ECONOMICS LIMITED, HSBC AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Petrol prices to drive inflation higher

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 25-Jul-18

The median forecast of economists polled by Bloomberg is for consumer price inflation of 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, compared with 0.4 per cent in the March quarter. Australia’s consumer price inflation is forecast to have risen to 2.2 per cent in the year to June, up from 1.9 per cent previously. A sharp rise in the price of petrol in the June quarter is tipped to have been a major contributor to the rise in the inflation rate. Economists do not expect the latest inflation data to have a material impact on the outlook for official interest rates.

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Fuel and education could flatter CPI result

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 24-Apr-18

Analysts are expecting Australia’s consumer price index for the March quarter to be up 0.5 per cent when official figures are released on 1 May. This figure would mean an annual CPI increase of 1.9 per cent. Andrew Ticehurst of Nomura, who has proven to be the most accurate forecaster taking part in Bloomberg’s survey, is tipping a headline figure of 0.6 per cent. Ticehurst thinks increases in education, fuel, electricity and tobacco costs will have the most impact on the CPI result.

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NOMURA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BLOOMBERG LP, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Rise in inflation puts squeeze on households

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 27-Apr-17

Financial markets believe there is little chance of an official interest rate cut in May 2017, following the release of CPI data for the March quarter. The headline inflation rate was 2.1 per cent year-on-year during the quarter, compared with 1.5 per cent previously. The inflation rate is now within the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent for the first time since late 2014. An increase in gas prices contributed to the rise in the inflation rate, which is now outpacing wages growth.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

Inflation will decide the rate debate

Original article by Philip Baker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 26-Apr-17

Investors will be awaiting the release of Australia’s CPI data for the March 2017 quarter, which may influence the timing of any change to monetary policy. The headline inflation rate is widely tipped to have risen by 2.2 per cent year-on-year, which would be the first time that inflation has been within the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent since the September 2014 quarter. However, the underlying inflation rate for the year to March is expected to be around 1.8 per cent.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW

Inflation no cause for ‘market hysteria’

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 28-Jul-16

Australia’s latest inflation data shows that consumer prices rose by just 0.4 per cent in the June 2016 quarter, while the annual inflation rate of one per cent is the lowest since 1999. The annual core inflation rate was 1.5 per cent, which is well below the Reserve Bank’s target range of 2-3 per cent. Financial markets now estimate that there is a 52 per cent chance that the central bank will reduce official interest rates in August. However, former board member Warwick McKibbin has cautioned against a hasty response to the inflation data.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, JAPAN. OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Traders kiss goodbye to Aussie’s high hopes

Original article by Stephen Cauchi
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 29-Apr-16

The Australian dollar has retreated from recent highs after the latest inflation data showed that the CPI fell by 0.2 per cent in the March 2016 quarter. Currency traders now do not expect the currency to test the $US0.80 level in the near-term, while the inflation data has also heightened expectations of further monetary policy easing. However, currency strategists are divided about the outlook for the dollar, with year-end forecasts ranging from $A0.70 to $A0.78.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, HSBC AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, MARKET ECONOMICS PTY LTD, CAPITAL ECONOMICS LIMITED, THINKFOREX