Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Earnings Per Share Attributable to Matthews' Shareholders (Details)

Earnings Per Share Attributable to Matthews' Shareholders (Details) (USD $)
In Thousands, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Dec. 31, 2010
Earnings per share attributable to Matthews shareholders:    
Net income attributable to Matthews shareholders $ 11,285 $ 13,214
Less: dividends and undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities 168 195
Net income available to Matthews shareholders $ 11,117 $ 13,019
Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands):    
Basic shares (in shares) 27,893,000 29,027,000
Effect of dilutive securities:    
Stock options (in shares) 10,000 18,000
Phantom stock units (in shares) 15,000 25,000
Diluted shares (in shares) 27,918,000 29,070,000
Stock Options [Member]
Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Line Items]    
Anti-dilutive securities excluded from computation of earnings per share (in shares) 787,042 613,868