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1345.4 - SA Stats, Sep 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/09/2009   
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Note: New Classification

From the July 2009 issue of Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0), the series presented in the publication will be compiled and presented according to a revised industry classification, the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). Previous issues of the publication were based on Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0)

The article Changes in Monthly Retail Trade Statistics in the July issue of the publication provides information on the scope of Retail trade statistics under ANZSIC 2006 and the impact on time series and seasonal adjustment.

Further information can also be found in the Information Paper: ANZSIC 2006 Implementation in Retail Trade Statistics, July 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.006).

The July 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for South Australia's retail turnover was $1,413.4m, while the estimate for Australia was $19,616.0m. South Australia's contribution to total retail turnover in Australia was 7.2%.

From June 2009, the decline in retail turnover for South Australia across all retail industries was 1.4%, while turnover for Australia declined by 1.0%.

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

Comparing July 2009 with July 2008, the South Australian industry groups with the largest percentage increases in retail turnover (in seasonally adjusted terms) were Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, which rose by 13.3% to $92.7m, and Other retailing, which rose by 7.8% to $216.1m.

Food retailing and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services were the only two industry groups to record declines in South Australia falling 0.6% and 0.1% respectively between July 2008 and July 2009.

RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, Change from July 2008 to July 2009, South Australia
Graph: RETAIL TURNOVER, Seasonally adjusted, Change from July 2008 to July 2009, South Australia


In July 2009, 2,959 new passenger vehicles and 4,813 new vehicles in total (in seasonally adjusted terms) were sold in South Australia.

In Australia, 44,842 new passenger vehicles and 75,006 new vehicles in total (in seasonally adjusted terms) were sold in July 2009.

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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