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1345.4 - SA Stats, May 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/05/2010   
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CONSUMPTION


RETAIL TRADE

The March 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for South Australia's retail turnover was $1,436.7m, an increase of 0.5% over the previous month, and 0.4% above the sales reached in the corresponding month of the previous year ($1,430.8m). The March 2010 estimate is 1.5% below the high of $1,457.9m recorded in November 2009. Nationally, retail turnover rose 0.3% to $19,917.3m in March 2010. South Australia's contribution to total retail turnover in Australia remained steady at 7.2%.

RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, South Australia
Graph: RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, South Australia


Comparing March 2010 with March 2009, the South Australian industry groups with the largest percentage increases in retail turnover (in seasonally adjusted terms) were Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, up 19.4% to $105.8m, and Other retailing, up 4.9% to $214.1m.

Household goods retailing and Department stores recorded South Australia's largest industry falls in turnover over this period, falling 5.3% and 2.8% respectively.

RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, Change from March 2009 to March 2010, South Australia
Graph: RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, Change from March 2009 to March 2010, South Australia



NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

In March 2010, 3,102 new passenger vehicles and 5,286 new vehicles in total (in seasonally adjusted terms) were sold in South Australia.

In Australia, 49,311 new passenger vehicles and 83,245 new vehicles in total (in seasonally adjusted terms) were sold in March 2010.

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES, South Australia
Graph: NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES, South Australia


Note: Suspension of Trend Estimates

Following the Federal Government Budget in May 2009, the eligibility period for the Small Business and General Business Tax Break was extended to December 2009. The rebate level was also increased for small businesses, allowing eligible businesses to claim an increased tax deduction on the purchase of new motor vehicles.

The trend series attempts to measure the underlying behaviour in new motor vehicle sales. In the short term, this measurement may be significantly affected by unusual influences in the original and seasonally adjusted data, like those observed in May and June 2009. If the trend estimates in the publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would be likely to provide a misleading view of the underlying trend in new motor vehicle sales activity.

The new motor vehicle sales trend series has therefore been suspended from May 2009. The trend series will be reintroduced when more certainty emerges in the underlying behaviour of new car sales.


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