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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Dec 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/02/2010   
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ANALYSIS


TOTAL RETAIL - MONTHLY

The chart below shows the trend series and seasonally adjusted series to December 2009.

In current price trend terms, Australian turnover increased by 0.3% in December 2009 following increases of 0.4% in both November 2009 and October 2009.

All industries have all had an increase in the trend for the last twelve months except for Other retailing (-0.1%) which decreased for the fifth consecutive month in December 2009. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services have continued to show strong trend growth and have had increases of 1.0% or higher for twelve consecutive months.

All states, except Queensland, have had an increase in the trend estimate for at least seven months. NSW (0.7%) had the largest increase in December and has had the strongest growth across the states for six consecutive months. Queensland has remained unchanged in trend terms since July 2009.

In current price seasonally adjusted terms, Australian turnover decreased by 0.7% in December 2009 following increases of 1.5% in November 2009 and 0.3% in October 2009.

In current price original terms, chains and other large retailers increased 27.6% in December 2009. The estimate for smaller retailers increased 19.1% in December 2009.

RETAIL TURNOVER, Australia
Graph: Retail Turnover, Australia, Seasonally adjusted and Trend



TOTAL RETAIL - QUARTERLY

In seasonally adjusted terms, December quarter 2009 had a 1.1% increase in volume and a 0.1% increase in prices.

In the December quarter 2009, all industries except Other retailing, had an increase in seasonally adjusted volumes. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (3.9%) had the largest increase, followed by Household good retailing (2.3%), Clothing, footwear and other personal accessory retailing (1.2%), Department Stores (0.6%) and Food Retailing (0.3%). Other retailing decreased 0.2% in seasonally adjusted volume terms in the December quarter 2009.

All states, except Queensland, had an increase in seasonally adjusted volumes in the December quarter 2009. New South Wales (2.5%) has the largest increase in volumes followed by the Northern Territory (1.5%), the Australian Capital Territory (1.2%), Tasmania (1.1%), Western Australia (0.8%), South Australia (0.6%) and Victoria (0.4%). Queensland decreased 0.1% in seasonally adjusted volume terms in the December quarter 2009.


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