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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Mar 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/04/2008   
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Retail turnover (trend) in Western Australia rose by 0.7% ($44 million) to $6,455 million for the three months to January 2008, compared to the previous three month period. The increase was lower than the 1.2% ($73 million) rise recorded in the three months to October 2007. Nationally, retail turnover was higher at 1.5% in the three months to January 2008, following an increase of 2.1% in the previous three month period.

Graph: Monthly Retail Turnover, Current prices

The main industry group driving Western Australia's growth in retail turnover (trend) in the three months to January 2008 was other retailing, up $19 million (3.1%). Other retailing includes pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, antiques and used goods, garden supplies, flowers, watches and jewellery. Food retailing (up $15 million or 0.6%), recreational good retailing (up $8 million or 3.1%) and hospitality and services (up $8 million or 1.0%) also attributed to the state's retail turnover growth. In contrast, household good retailing (down $17 million or 1.5%) experienced a downfall in growth over the same period.


Sales of new motor vehicles (trend) in Western Australia rose 0.2% (66) to 30,894 in the three months to February 2008, compared to the previous three months period. Growth in new motor vehicle sales was driven by other vehicles (includes utilities, vans, trucks and buses), up 3.6% (263) and sports utility vehicles (up 2.0% or 131). Passenger vehicle sales fell 1.9% (328) to 16,688 in the three months to February 2008.

Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales

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