Inflation rate


Why Australia’s not as expensive as you hear

4:49PM | Friday, 26 April 2013 |  Don’t believe the hype – Australia is not that expensive for those of us who live and work locally.

Economists unconvinced record-low inflation spells further rate cuts

7:24PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 |  Economists have played down the prospect of a further interest rate cut, despite new data showing that inflation has slipped to its lowest point since 1999.

Retailers gloomy over first quarter prospects: Report

1:48PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  Retailers remain pessimistic about their performance in the first quarter, according to a Dun & Bradstreet report, with expectations down 26 points compared with the same period in 2011.

Businesses hail interest rate cut as an “early Christmas present”

12:14PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Industry groups have applauded the Reserve Bank’s decision to lower the cash rate to 4.25%, as the European debt crisis continues to impact on the Australian economy.

Retailers rejoice over rate cut but banks voice uncertainty

11:37PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  Retailers have welcomed the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates ahead of Christmas, but the banks remain uncertain about the likelihood of another rate cut.

Inflation data fuels rate cut predictions

10:43PM | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 |  An interest rate cut on Melbourne Cup Day looks increasingly likely, with new figures showing consumer inflation rose just 0.6% in the third quarter, down from 0.8% in the second quarter.

Melbourne Cup rate cut tipped despite hike in sales

10:50PM | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 |  Small business sales increased by 5.2% year-on-year in September, according to the latest ANZ Small Business Trends report, but economists still anticipate a rate cut on Melbourne Cup Day.

Business conditions and confidence improve amid rate cut talk

10:18PM | Tuesday, 11 October 2011 |  Business conditions perked up in September amid talk of an interest rate cut and the falling Australian dollar, the latest NAB survey shows, but global uncertainty is still having an impact.

Melbourne Cup rates cut on the cards

10:04PM | Wednesday, 5 October 2011 |  The Reserve Bank looks set to cut interest rates at its next meeting on Melbourne Cup Day, but not before it reviews the next inflation figures due on October 26.

RBA keeps rates on hold but raises inflation concern

9:31PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 |  The Reserve Bank has kept rates on hold for the tenth straight month, as expected, following signs of weakness in the domestic economy and volatility in global markets.