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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/07/2012   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 2012
Apr 2012 to May 2012
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend
21 277.3
0.4
Seasonally Adjusted
21 307.3
0.5


Monthly Turnover, Current Prices - Trend Estimate
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Current Prices, Trend Estimate



MAY KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • The trend estimate rose 0.4% in May 2012. This follows a rise of 0.4% in April 2012 and a rise of 0.4% in March 2012.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.5% in May 2012. This follows a rise of 0.1% April 2012 and a rise of 0.9% in March 2012.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.3% in May 2012 compared with May 2011.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in May 2012: Food retailing (0.4%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1.0%), Other retailing (0.4%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.3%) and Department stores (0.3%). Household goods retailing (-0.1%) fell in trend terms in May 2012.
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in May 2012: New South Wales (0.5%), Queensland (0.6%), Western Australia (0.7%), South Australia (0.2%), Victoria (0.1%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.5%) and the Northern Territory (0.4%). Tasmania (-0.2%) fell in trend terms in May 2012.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2012 2 August 2012
July 2012 3 September 2012
August 2012 4 October 2012
September 2012 5 November 2012
October 2012 3 December 2012
November 2012 9 January 2013



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

As happens each year, an annual seasonal reanalysis has been undertaken based on estimates up to and including April 2012. No significant changes have occurred in this reanalysis, resulting in only minor revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates.


REVISIONS

Original estimates for Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services have been revised from January 2012 onwards as a result of updated information received from survey respondents.

Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are due to revisions to original estimates as well as the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.


TIME SERIES DATA
  • Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication, the quarterly chain volume measures and the following additional current price monthly series:
  • Retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by six industry groups in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by state in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Ben Dorber on Sydney (02) 9268 4723.


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