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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Feb 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2008   
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES


TOTAL RETAIL

There has been weak trend growth for three months. Household good retailing has had a decline in the trend estimate for two months. Food retailing (four months), Clothing and soft good retailing (six months) and Hospitality and services (three months) have had weak growth, while Recreational good retailing (nine months) and Other retailing (eight months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail



FOOD RETAILING

There have been four months of weak trend growth. New South Wales (three months), Western Australia (two months) and Tasmania (three months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Victoria has had weak trend growth for four months, while all other states have had at least two months of moderate growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Food retailing



DEPARTMENT STORES

There have been three months of moderate trend growth. New South Wales (one month), Victoria (nine months), South Australia (five months) and the Australian Capital Territory (one month) had moderate trend growth. Queensland had strong growth in February 2008 following two months of moderate growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Department stores



CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING

There has been weak trend growth for six months. Queensland (eight months), Western Australia (two months) and the Australian Capital Territory (five months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. New South Wales has had four months of strong trend growth. After 18 months of strong growth, Victoria has had two months of moderate growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Clothing and soft good retailing



HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING

The rate of growth in the trend estimate has been slowing since September 2007, with a decline in the estimate for the past two months. Victoria (one month), Queensland (four months), Western Australia (ten months) and the Australian Capital Territory (15 months) have had a decline in the trend estimate.

Graph: Industry trends_Household good retailing



RECREATIONAL GOOD RETAILING

There has been strong trend growth for eight months. New South Wales (eight months), Queensland (nine months), South Australia (one month), Western Australia (nine months) and the Northern Territory (five months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Recreational good retailing



OTHER RETAILING

There have been nine months of strong trend growth. New South Wales (11 months), South Australia (nine months) and Western Australia (five months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Other retailing



TOTAL RETAIL (EXCLUDING HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES)

The trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been the same as that for Total industries (including Hospitality and services) for the last seven months.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services)



HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES

There has been weak trend growth for three months. South Australia (13 months) and the two Territories (both four months) have had strong growth. Victoria (one month) and Tasmania (two months) have had moderate growth while Queensland (six months) and Western Australia (four months) have had a decline in the trend estimate.

Graph: Industry trends_Hospitality and services

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