CPI rises 0.6 per cent in March quarter

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CHANGES TO CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN MARCH QUARTER:

(Note: Quarterly change, followed by annual change)

* CPI - up 0.6 per cent in quarter (up 1.1 per cent annually)

* Food and non-alcoholic beverages - up 0.4 per cent (up 0.7 per cent)

* Alcohol and tobacco - up 0.3 per cent (up 7.9 per cent)

* Clothing and footwear - up 0.5 per cent (0.0 per cent or flat)

* Housing - up 0.1 per cent (down 1.1 per cent)

* Furnishings, household equipment and services - down 0.2 per cent (up 2.7 per cent)

* Health - up 2.0 per cent (up 3.0 per cent)

* Transport - up 3.2 per cent (up 0.4 per cent)

* Communication - up 0.5 per cent (down 1.9 per cent)

* Recreation and culture - down 0.2 per cent (up 1.5 per cent)

* Education - up 0.4 per cent (down 0.1 per cent)

* Insurance and financial services - up 0.1 per cent (up 0.6 per cent)

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)