Australia's export prices rose by 4.4 percent quarter-on-quarter in the December quarter 2018, accelerating from a 3.7 percent gain in the previous period. It marked the highest reading since the first quarter of the year, driven by higher prices received for: crude materials, inedible, except fuels (7.5 pct); mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (4.8 pct); commodities and transactions, n.e.s. (3.5 pct); food and live animals (2.4 pct); miscellaneous manufactured articles (0.9 pct); beverages & tobacco (0.8 pct); and machinery & transport equipment (0.7 pct). Through the year to the fourth quarter, the export price index grew 15.7 percent. Export Prices in Australia averaged 55.56 Index Points from 1974 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 112.20 Index Points in the fourth quarter of 2008 and a record low of 16.30 Index Points in the third quarter of 1974.