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Aussie inflation gauge loses steam, easing rates pressure…

Leith van Onselen

Monday 6 May 2024

The Melbourne Institute’s headline and trimmed mean monthly inflation gauges for Australia declined in April, easing inflation concerns.

Headline inflation rose by only 0.09% in April to be 3.68% higher year-on-year (a two-year low):

The core measure, trimmed mean, was only 0.15% in April to be up 3.18% year-on-year—the lowest result since June 2022.

Excluding volatiles, the MI inflation gauge has bombed, falling 0.04% in three-month average terms:

That said, Justin Fabo at Antipodean Macro has cautioned that the MI inflation gauge has not provided a reliable read on the ABS data in recent times:

Nevertheless, when viewed alongside last week’s collapse in retail sales, it suggests that talk of rate hikes was premature.

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