February 2013: Inflation Increased 0.2%

April 8, 2013

The annual rate of inflation in February 2013 increased 0.2% points from the 1.9% measured in January 2013, according to the February 2013 Consumer Price Index, released today [Apr 8] by the Department of Statistics.

Consumers paid 2.1% more in February 2013 than they did a year ago for the basket of goods and services included in the Consumer Price Index.

On a year-over-year basis the Health & Personal Care sector was the largest contributor to the twelve-month
increase in the Consumer Price Index. The total cost of the Health & Personal Care basket increased 7.7% year-over-year. The Food and Transport & Vehicles sectors also impacted strongly on the annual rate of inflation. .

The full February 2013 Consumer Price Index is below [PDF here]

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