Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities


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Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities
(cat. no. 6403.0.55.001)

For some years the above monthly statistical analysis has provided a comparison of a few products for sale in the main Australian capital cites.

As from the June Quarter 2011, this publication will cease, due it it neither measuring price change over time nor price levels between cities in a robust manner.

Source: abs.gov.au

I often look at this report, but have been puzzled by the prices quoted, such as these in May 2011

Milk, 2 litre whole milk
$3.11 Sydney
$3.11 Melbourne
$2.81 Brisbane
$2.77 Adelaide
$2.83 Perth
$3.33 Hobart
$3.78 Darwin
$2.94 Canberra
I am not sure what everyone else pays for milk, but I pay $2 for 2 litres.


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In September 2010 the prices were:

Milk, 2 litre whole milk
$3.69 Sydney
$3.64 Melbourne
$3.20 Brisbane
$3.59 Adelaide
$3.21 Perth
$3.66 Hobart
$4.14 Darwin
$3.89 Canberra

My view is that the figures in these reports gave a good indication of periodic changes, rather than actual prices, and that they were valuable for that reason.

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  2. At Christmas time in 2020, Coles and Woolworths are both selling own brand Milk for $2.39 for 2 litres.

    Coles Full Cream Milk 2L $2.39.
    Unit Price $1.20 per 1L

    Woolworths Drought Relief Full Cream Milk 2l $2.39
    Unit Price $1.20 per 1L

    Drought Relief (10 cents per litre goes to support dairy farmers in drought affected areas.)

    In May 2011 the average price of a 2 litre bottle of whole milk was:
    $3.11 Sydney
    $3.11 Melbourne
    $2.81 Brisbane
    $2.77 Adelaide
    $2.83 Perth
    $3.33 Hobart
    $3.78 Darwin
    $2.94 Canberra

    In September 2010 it was:
    $3.69 Sydney
    $3.64 Melbourne
    $3.20 Brisbane
    $3.59 Adelaide
    $3.21 Perth
    $3.66 Hobart
    $4.14 Darwin

    In 2020/2021 I am paying $2.39 at either Coles or Woolworths.

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