21 January 2010
A 0.2 per cent fall in the December quarter Consumers Price Index (CPI) is seen giving the Reserve Bank breathing space as it decides when to start raising interest rates.
16 October 2009
Surprisingly strong inflation in the September quarter has cast further doubt on the Reserve Bank's stated expectation that it will not start raising interest rates until the latter part of next year.
16 January 2008
The prospect that inflation will continue to rise has prompted Westpac economists to predict the central bank will lift the official cash rate twice this year to an eye-watering 8.75 per cent.