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5676.0 - Business Indicators, Australia, Dec 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/03/2008   
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ANALYSIS BY INDUSTRY


FEATURED SERIES

The following graphs and commentary refer to seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of: sales of goods and services ('Sales') and inventories ('Inv.') in volume terms; and wages and salaries ('Wages') and company gross operating profits ('CGOP') in current price terms.



TOTAL ALL INDUSTRIES

In current price terms, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 1.2% in the December quarter 2007. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 3.9%, following a fall of 1.4% in the previous quarter. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 1.3% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 0.9%, following a 1.6% increase in the previous quarter.

Graph: Total All Industries - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for total inventories increased 0.8% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 0.7% this quarter, the fourth consecutive quarter of growth.

Graph: Total All Industries - Inventories



MINING

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits declined by 2.4%, the sixth consecutive fall. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 1.5%, following a large fall of 10.3% in the previous quarter. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 2.1% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell by 0.2%, the first fall since September quarter 2005.

Graph: Mining - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services was relatively unchanged this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 0.6%, following a fall of 2.5% the previous quarter. In volume terms, the trend estimate for inventories increased 2.8% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell by 1.8% this quarter following five quarters of strong growth.

Graph: Mining - Inventories and Sales



MANUFACTURING

In current price terms, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased by 1.1% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose by 6.5% this quarter, following a 3.2% fall in the previous quarter. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased by 0.6%. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 0.8% this quarter.

Graph: Manufacturing - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services increased 0.7%, the seventh consecutive rise. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose by 1.9%. In volume terms, the trend estimate for inventories increased 0.5% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate had a small rise of 0.7%, the fifth quarter of growth less than 1%.

Graph: Manufacturing - Inventories and Sales



CONSTRUCTION

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 5.4% this quarter, the sixth consecutive quarter of strong growth. The seasonally adjusted estimate had a strong increase of 13.7% this quarter. The trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 1.3% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 2.8% for this quarter.

Graph: Construction - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services increased 2.8% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 2.5% this quarter, the fifth consecutive quarter of growth.

Graph: Construction - Sales



WHOLESALE TRADE

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 2.7% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose strongly by 7.0% in the December quarter. In current prices, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 1.1% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 2.1%, the fourth consecutive quarter of increases.

Graph: Wholesale Trade - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services was relatively unchanged (up 0.3%) this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 1.2%. In volume terms, the trend estimate for inventories increased by 0.7% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 0.4% in the December quarter 2007.

Graph: Wholesale Trade - Inventories and Sales



RETAIL TRADE

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 3.1% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 3.0% this quarter. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 1.0% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 0.7%, the tenth consecutive rise.

Graph: Retail Trade - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services increased 1.2% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 2.1%. In volume terms, the trend estimate for inventories increased by 1.0% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 2.1% this quarter.

Graph: Retail Trade - Inventories and Sales



TRANSPORT AND STORAGE

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 0.9% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell by 5.6% this quarter, following a strong increase of 15.3% in the previous quarter. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 2.7% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 1.5%, the smallest increase since September quarter 2005.

Graph: Transport and Storage - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services increased 0.7% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased 1.0%, the eighth consecutive increase.

Graph: Transport and Storage - Sales



PROPERTY AND BUSINESS SERVICES

In current prices, the trend estimate for company gross operating profits increased 3.2% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 10.1% in the December quarter 2007, the strongest increase since September 2003. In current price terms, the trend estimate for wages and salaries increased 1.2% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate was relatively unchanged from the previous quarter.

Graph: Property and Business Services - CGOP and Wages


In volume terms, the trend estimate for sales of goods and services increased 0.6% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell by 0.6%, following eight quarters of growth.

Graph: Property and Business Services - Sales

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