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2.4 per cent
... is the underlying annual rate of inflation measured by the consumer price index in the June quarter and used by the Reserve Bank in its interest-rate deliberations. The central bank's inflation target is between 2 per cent and 3 per cent.
... is the level of the Mums and Dads Index compiled by brokers CommSec, a measure of the total return — that is, price plus dividends — of the most popularly held shares. It's just 1.4 per cent below the record high reached in April.
153.5¢ a litre
... is the national average unleaded petrol price, the highest in five months, the Australian Institute of Petroleum says.
34.7 per cent
... is how much Sydney rents have grown since the end of 2007. In Melbourne, rents have grown by 24.4 per cent. In both cities, property prices have risen by 20 per cent.