Australian consumer inflation remains healthy in second quarter

GMT 19:32 2015 Wednesday ,22 July

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Australian consumers
Sydney - XINHUA

Australia's consumer price inflation remained relatively benign in the June quarter, accelerating less rapidly then Australian economists had predicted.

The latest consumer price index released on Wednesday rose 0.7 percent in the three months to June for an annual inflation at 1.5 percent - below the central bank's 2 to 3 percent inflation target.

Underlying inflation, which removes the effects of volatile price movements, rose an average of 0.55 percent in the June quarter for an annual rate of 2.3 percent.

"I think basically what this CPI data shows is that inflation remains well contained," St. George senior economist Jo Horton told local media.

Horton said Australia's petrol price, rising 12.2 percent, from the first quarter of 2015, was also a major factor driving overall prices higher.

Petrol price is unlikely to have a large impact on the next quarterly numbers due to the pressure on global oil prices, CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian said.

Economists had forecast gains of 0.8 percent and 1.7 percent respectively. Prices rose 0.2 percent and 1.3 percent in the first quarter.

The result keeps open options for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to again ease monetary policy if needed, however economists predict rates will remain on hold.

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