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STABLE: Supermarket prices on many items aren’t moving. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Conflicting views on inflation conundrum

Deflationary pressures are causing concern for central bankers worldwide.

IS it a good thing that the price of Woolworths home brand pasta, or a 20-roll bulk pack of Sorbent toilet paper for that matter, have not risen for the past 18 months, or is it a sign of a fundamental shift in the Australian economy?

That might sound like an odd question but the unchanged $1 price of Select Pasta and $10 for the loo paper is a local example of the global phenomenon of minimal inflation, and even a dash of deflation – a time when future prices are expected to be lower than current prices.

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Total Shareholder Return as at 30/06/16

1 year TSR5 year TSR
505thRio Tinto-1%-4%
525thNational Australia Bank-6%10%
528thCommonwealth Bank-7%14%
567thBHP Billiton-15%-7%
582ndWoolworths-19%-1%
777 WA (and selected non WA) listed companies ranked by 1 year TSR relative to other companies with similar revenue
Source: Morningstar

Revenue

1st↑Woolworths$61,149.4m
2nd-Rio Tinto$49,225.3m
3rd↓BHP Billiton$42,224.6m
4th-National Australia Bank$27,213.0m
5th-Commonwealth Bank$27,005.0m
76 listed non wa companies ranked by revenue.
Source: Morningstar

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