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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jan 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2008   
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES


TOTAL RETAIL

There has been moderate trend growth for five months. Recreational good retailing (seven months) and Other retailing (eight months) have had strong growth. Food retailing, Department stores and Clothing and soft good retailing have had at least three months of weak or no growth in the trend estimate.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail



FOOD RETAILING

There has been weak trend growth for three months. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory have had two months of weak growth. New South Wales and Tasmania had a decline in the trend estimate in January 2008, while South Australia has had six months of strong trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Food retailing



DEPARTMENT STORES

There have been five months of weak trend growth. New South Wales (three months), Victoria (four months), and Queensland (one month) had weak trend growth. The Australian Capital Territory has had no change in the trend estimate for five months. After three months of weak trend growth, Western Australia had a decline in the trend estimate in January 2008.

Graph: Industry trends_Department stores



CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING

After two months of weak trend growth, there has been no change in the trend estimate for three months. Queensland (seven months), South Australia (one month), Western Australia (one month) and the Australian Capital Territory (four months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. New South Wales has had eight months of moderate growth, while Victoria has had 19 months of strong trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Clothing and soft good retailing



HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING

There has been moderate trend growth for 11 months. New South Wales (nine months), Victoria (ten months), South Australia and Tasmania (both four months) have had moderate or strong growth. Queensland (one month), Western Australia (nine months) and the Australian Capital Territory (14 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 seven months. New South Wales (seven months), Victoria (six months), Queensland (eight months), the Northern Territory (four months) and the Australian Capital Territory (five months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Recreational good retailing



OTHER RETAILING

There have been eight months of strong trend growth. New South Wales (ten months) and Western Australia (four months) have had strong trend growth. Victoria and Queensland have had two months of moderate growth after five and nine months of strong growth respectively.

Graph: Industry trends_Other retailing



TOTAL RETAIL (EXCLUDING HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES)

After four months where the trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been the same as that for Total industries (including Hospitality and services), the trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) was slightly weaker than Total industries (including Hospitality and services) in January 2008.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services)



HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES

There has been moderate trend growth for 13 months. Victoria (five months) and South Australia (12 months) have had strong growth. New South Wales (six months), Western Australia (three months), Tasmania and the Northern Territory (both two months) have had moderate growth. Queensland has had a decline in the trend estimate for five months.

Graph: Industry trends_Hospitality and services

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