1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Jun 2010  
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Sizzling Statistics

Packed to the Rafters
The number of households in Australia is projected to increase by up to 4 million and in Western Australia by around half a million in the next 25 years according to Household and Family Projections, Australia 2006 to 2031. (cat. no. 3236.0)

Apparent consumption of alcohol through ready to drink, pre-mixed beverages fell by 30% in 2008-09. This reversed the upward trend over the previous 4 years and was a fall from 18.7 million litres in 2007-08. (cat. no. 4307.0.55.001)

Potential Super Profits?
The seasonally adjusted estimate of mineral exploration expenditure in Australia (other than petroleum) rose $30.4m (5.7%) to $564.1m in the March quarter 2010. The largest rises this quarter were in Western Australia (up $16.9m or 5.7%). (cat. no. 8412.0)

The latest retail trade figures show that sales in April rose 0.6%, seasonally adjusted, compared with a rise of 0.8% the previous month. In April, WA showed a slight loss at -0.1%. Bring on the end of financial year sales! (cat.no. 8501.0)

Cultural or Cute and Cuddly?
Residents in the Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest attendance rates for most cultural venues and events of all states and territories, while Western Australians had the highest attendance rate at zoos and aquariums. Year Book Australia 2009-10. (cat. no. 1301.0)

Glancing at WA
For the year 2008-2009, Western Australia had 235,792 visitors arrive on our shores, 23.9% of these visitors were from the United Kingdom and Ireland according to the recently published WA at a Glance 2010. (cat. no. 1306.5)