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, 2012
Dec. 31, 2011
Earnings per share attributable to Matthews' shareholders    
Net income attributable to Matthews shareholders $ 8,255 $ 11,285
Less: dividends and undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities 97 168
Net income available to Matthews shareholders $ 8,158 $ 11,117
Weighted-average shares outstanding [Abstract]    
Basic shares (in shares) 27,275,000 27,893,000
Effect of dilutive securities (in shares) 114,000 25,000
Diluted shares (in shares) 27,388,000 27,918,000
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) 768,691 787,042