RETAIL INDUSTRY SURVEY 1998-99
The ACLC Industry Classification includes Class 343 for Sports and physical recreation goods retailing. It would be ideal for data to be available for this class as defined in the ACLC. However, the 1998-99 Retail Industry Survey used ANZSIC to classify industry. As a result the best data available is for the ANZSIC classes which correspond most closely in scope to ACLC Class 343. These ANZSIC classes are 5241 Sport and camping equipment retailing and 5245 Marine equipment retailing. The scope of the former is wholly contained within the scope of ACLC Class 343. However, the scope of the latter includes the retailing of marine equipment for non-recreation purposes. This falls outside the scope of the ACLC altogether. There are some primary activities in scope of ACLC Class 343 which fall outside the scope of the ANZSIC classes 5241 and 5245. Examples are sports apparel retailing and sports footwear retailing.
In 1998-99, the total income of Sport and camping equipment retailers was $1,483.2m of which $1,386.4m (93.5%) came from retail sales. Sport and camping equipment includes such items as bicycles, sports firearms, canoes, skis, fishing tackle and sleeping bags. The operating profit margin for Sport and camping equipment retailers was 4.4% compared with 3.2% for the Retail Industry as a whole. Their total expenses came to $1,431.7m of which $967.5m (67.6%) went on Purchases and $211.1m (14.7%) on Labour costs.
Marine equipment includes boats and their accessories, boat trailers and jet skis. The total income for marine equipment retailers during 1998-99 was $696.6m of which $656.3m (94.2%) came from retail sales. The operating profit margin was 3.2%, somewhat less than for Sport and camping equipment retailers, but on a par with the Retail Industry as a whole. The total expenses for Marine equipment retailers were $685.9m, of which 78.9% ($541.2m) was Purchases and 9.9% ($68.1m) Labour costs.
At the end of June 1999, there were 10,534 persons employed by Sport and camping equipment retailers. Of the total employment, 59.9% (6,313 persons) were full-time and 68.6% (7,227 persons) were male. Marine equipment retailers employed 2,632 persons of which 80.0% (2,105) were full-time and 80.7% (2,124) male.
For both types of retailers discussed above, the largest group of workers were full-time males. For the retail industry as a whole, however, the largest group of workers were part-time females. Of the total retail industry employment of 1.1m persons, only 45.7% (504,488 persons) were full-time (including working proprietors and partners) and 45.8% (506,305 persons) were male.