1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2007  
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RETAIL TRADE

Growth in Western Australia's retail turnover (trend) slowed significantly, rising 1.5% ($95 million) to $6,295 million in the three months to July 2007, almost half the growth of 2.8% in the previous three month period. Nationally, retail turnover rose 1.6% in the three months to July 2007, following growth of 1.8%.

MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER, Current prices
Graph: MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER, Current prices



Industry groups detracting from retail turnover growth in Western Australia in the three months to July 2007 were household good retailing (down $1 million or 0.1%), recreational good retailing (down $1 million or 0.2%) and hospitality and service industries (unchanged). The main contributor to growth was food retailing (up $66 million or 2.6%). Other major contributors included department stores (up $11 million or 2.4%) and other retailing (including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, antiques and used goods, garden supplies, flowers, watches and jewellery) (up $10 million or 1.6%).

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

New motor vehicle sales (trend) in Western Australia rose 2.1% (640) to 30,576 in the three months to August 2007, compared to the previous three month period. The rise was mainly driven by passenger vehicle sales (up 2.6% or 434), as well as sales of other vehicles (utilities, vans, trucks and buses) (up 1.5% or 109) and sports utility vehicles (up 1.6% or 97).

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
Graph: NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES