Year-on-year, cost of transport fell by 6.2 percent (from -1.9 percent in the previous quarter). Automotive fuels decreased by 22.5 percent, the largest in the history of the automotive fuel series, beginning in September 1973. Prices also declined for: communication (-4.5 percent from -3.0 percent) and clothing and footwear (-0.7 percent from -1.5).
The most significant price rises were for: education (+5.4 percent from 4.0 percent), alcohol and tobacco (+5.2 percent from +7.4 percent), health (+4.4 percent from +4.4 percent), housing (+2.7 percent from +2.4 percent), recreation and culture (+2.0 percent from +0.8 percent), food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.9 pewrcent from 2.0) and insurance and financial services (1.8 percent from +2.0 percent).
Quarter-on-quarter, the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in the March quarter 2015, the same pace as in the December quarter 2014. The most significant price rises this quarter were for: domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+3.5 percent), tertiary education (+5.7 percent) and medical and hospital services (+2.2 percent). These rises were partially offset by a fall in automotive fuel (–12.2 percent) and fruits (-8.0 percent).