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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/01/2008   
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Consumption CONSUMPTION

RETAIL TRADE

Western Australia's retail turnover (trend) totalled $6,407 million in the three months to October 2007, 1.1% ($70 million) more than in the previous three month period. Nationally, growth in retail turnover was higher at 2.1% over the same period.

MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER, Current prices
Graph: Monthly retail turnover, current prices



The main industry group driving Western Australia's growth in retail turnover (trend) in the three months to October 2007 was food retailing (up $57 million or 2.2%). Growth in food retailing was greater than the combined growth in recreational good retailing (up $16 million or 6.3%), clothing and soft good retailing (up $14 million or 3.4%) and department stores (up $13 million or 2.6%). A number of industry groups showed declining retail turnover over the period, including household good retailing (down $20 million or 1.7%) and hospitality and service industry (down $10 million or 1.2%).



NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

Sales of new motor vehicles (trend) in Western Australia rose 1.0% (298) to 30,840 in the three months to November 2007, compared to the previous three month period. Growth in new motor vehicle sales was driven almost equally by sales of sports utility vehicles (up 3.7% or 226) and other vehicles (up 3.0% or 215) - other vehicles include utilities, vans, trucks and buses. Passenger vehicle sales fell 0.8% (143) to 16,997 in the three months to November 2007.

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
Graph: New motor vehicle sales


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