Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


CPI increases 0.3 percent in June quarter

CPI increases 0.3 percent in June quarter

16 July 2014

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows rises of 0.3 percent the March quarter and 0.1 percent in the December 2013 quarter.

“Higher housing-related prices and vegetable prices were partly countered by cheaper package holidays, cars, and fruit,” prices manager Chris Pike said.

Prices for housing and household utilities rose 1.2 percent reflecting higher prices for electricity (up 4.2 percent), rentals for housing (up 0.6 percent), and buying newly built houses excluding land (up 1.2 percent).

Food prices rose 0.9 percent, influenced by higher prices for fruit and vegetables (up 4.9 percent). Seasonally higher prices for vegetables (up 13 percent) were partly offset by seasonally lower prices for fruit (down 4.9 percent).

Prices for recreation and culture (down 1.1 percent) made the most significant downward contribution. Package holiday prices were down 6.5 percent and there were seasonally lower prices for accommodation services (down 4.5 percent).

Vehicle prices (down 1.2 percent) also fell, influenced by a 1.5 percent fall in second-hand car prices.

Annual change in prices

The CPI increased 1.6 percent in the year to the June 2014 quarter, following increases of 1.5 percent and 1.6 percent in the years to the March 2014 and December 2013 quarters, respectively.

"The price of buying a newly built house without land increased 4.6 percent for the year. In Auckland the increase was 5.5 percent and in Canterbury it was 6.4 percent," Mr Pike said.

Half of the latest annual increase came from housing and household utility prices, which increased 3.4 percent. In addition to newly built houses, housing rentals (up 2.2 percent), electricity (up 4.5 percent), property maintenance (up 3.4 percent), and local authority rates (up 4.1 percent) also went up.

Cigarette and tobacco prices increased 10.2 percent, reflecting an increase in excise duty in January. Petrol prices increased 2.8 percent for the year.

The main downward contribution for the year came from cheaper audio-visual and computing equipment (down 9.8 percent). Vehicle prices (down 2.9 percent) also decreased, reflecting lower prices for both new and second-hand cars. The strong New Zealand dollar has had a downward influence on the retail prices of internationally traded goods, including cars and appliances.

The CPI measures the rate of price change of goods and services purchased by New Zealand households. The CPI time series started in the June 1914 quarter and, with today's release, is now 100 years long.

For more information about these statistics:
• Visit Consumers Price Index: June 2014 quarter

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news