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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Jun 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/07/2007   
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Western Australia recorded a total of $6,220 million in retail turnover (trend) in the three months to April 2007, an increase of 3.2% ($191 million) on the previous three month period. This growth was slightly lower than the 3.4% rise recorded in the three months to January 2007. The nation's retail turnover increased 2.0% in the three months to April 2007, following a rise of 1.6% in the previous three month period.

Graph: MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER, Current prices

Growth in Western Australia's retail turnover (trend) in the three months to April 2007 (compared to the previous three months) was primarily driven by the industry groups of food (up $85 million or 3.4%), hospitality and services (up $37 million or 4.7%) and other retailing (including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, antiques and used goods, garden supplies, flowers, watches and jewellery) (up $28 million or 4.9%). In contrast, recreational good retailing experienced a decrease of $9 million (3.2%).


Sales of new motor vehicles (trend) rose consecutively over the last 16 months in Western Australia, from 8,701 vehicles in January 2006 to 9,970 vehicles in May 2007 - an increase of 1,269 vehicles (14.6%). Passenger vehicles drove much of the growth in new motor vehicle sales over the period (up 560 vehicles or 11.3%), with sales of other vehicles (comprising utilities, vans, trucks and buses) (up 392 vehicles or 19.3%) and sports utility vehicles (up 317 vehicles or 18.6%) also making strong contributions.


Over the three months to May 2007, Western Australia's new motor vehicle sales rose 1.0% (305 vehicles) to 29,863 vehicles in trend terms, compared to the previous three month period. The sole driver of growth was other vehicle sales, rising 6.1% (409 vehicles), while sports utility vehicles (down 0.9% or 53 vehicles) and passenger vehicles (down 0.3% or 51 vehicles) both recorded declining sales over the period.

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