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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Mar 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/05/2002   
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INTRODUCTION

The ABS is progressively updating the systems used to produce its publications. Our plan is to produce this publication using the new systems from the April 2002 issue. In conjunction with this, a number of changes will be made to this publication. Generally there will be no change to the content or format of the tables although, for space reasons, table 3 will have a slightly reduced number of months shown and the quarterly chain volume tables will have a slightly different format.

There will be some changes to the front page and commentary section. The chart on the front page will revert to the trend percentage change format used previously, and percentage changes will also be shown for the quarterly chain volume measures. The trend and seasonally adjusted current price change chart which is currently on the front page will be moved to the commentary section. The Key figures will be changed to reflect the emphasis on month to month movements. As a result, the percentage change from the same month a year ago will not be shown for the seasonally adjusted and trend series, but this movement for the original series will continue to be included in the Key points. An example of the new front page format is shown in the publication.

The section on trend revisions normally shown on page 2 will be revised to align with the latest ABS standards and will be moved to follow the tables.

The industry and state commentary sections will be in different format but the same information will be presented.

There are no changes to the Ausstats tables.


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