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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jan 2008  
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan 08
Dec 07 to Jan 08
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
20 183.2
0.4
Seasonally adjusted estimates
20 138.5
0.0

Monthly turnover, Trend estimates - % change
Graph: Monthly turnover, Trend estimate, Percentage change



JANUARY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail and Hospitality/Services series increased by 0.4% in January 2008. This follows revised increases of 0.4% in December 2007 and 0.5% in November 2007.
  • In January 2008, all states and territories had an increase in the trend estimate, except Queensland (-0.1%). The largest increases occurred in South Australia (+1.0%), the Northern Territory (+1.0%) and Victoria (+0.8%).


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • There was no change in the seasonally adjusted estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail and Hospitality/Services series in January 2008. This follows a revised increase of 0.4% in December 2007 and an increase of 0.8% in November 2007.
  • States or territories with an increase in the seasonally adjusted estimate for January 2008 were Victoria (+1.0%), South Australia (+1.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+1.8%). The largest decreases occurred in Queensland (-1.2%), the Northern Territory (-1.1%) and Tasmania (-1.0%).


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 22.6% in January 2008 compared with December 2007. Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated) decreased by 25.5%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers (the sampled units) decreased by 18.1%.
  • Australian turnover increased by 8.1% in January 2008 compared with January 2007. Chains and other large retailers increased by 10.4%, while 'smaller' retailers increased by 4.9%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2008 4 April 2008
March 2008 2 May 2008
April 2008 2 June 2008
May 2008 2 July 2008
June 2008 31 July 2008
July 2008 2 September 2008



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



SAMPLING ERRORS

Standard errors for the Australian estimates (original data) for January 2008 contained in this publication are:

Data Series
Estimate
Standard error

Level of retail turnover ($m)
19 839.2
133.4
Change from preceding month ($m)
-5 794.0
154.2
% change from preceding month (%)
-22.6
0.6


For more information see the Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 32-36.



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