Australian Bureau of Statistics
8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jun 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/2008
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There will be increased volatility in month to month movements in the original and seasonally adjusted series because of the smaller sample size and the rotation effect of having a different third of the sample reporting each month.
DELAY TO THE JULY ISSUE
The July monthly issue will be released on 9 September 2008. This is one week later than the previously published release date. This delay is required to provide sufficient time to fully validate changes to the historical series and electronic spreadsheets. Subsequent monthly issues will be released according to the published schedule.
Monthly output from the redesigned Retail Business Survey will be considerably less detailed than that currently available monthly. State by industry data will not be available monthly and industry detail will only be available at the broader group level.
Only trend data (level, percentage change from previous month and percentage change from same month in the previous year) will be presented in the tables included in the publication. The original and seasonally adjusted estimates will have increased volatility from the new sampling methodology and are considered of limited use for measuring month to month movements. However, for analytical purposes seasonally adjusted and original data will be made available in the time series data spreadsheets provided with this publication on the ABS website.
Trend data will be provided for Australia, industry groups and State totals. Industry groups to be included in the publication are Food retailing (excluding takeaway food retailing), Cafes restaurants and takeaway food services, Department stores, Clothing and soft good retailing, Household good retailing and Other retailing (including the Recreational good retailing industry which is currently shown separately in this publication).
The following series will be available from the Details tab of this publication to assist users in their understanding of the trend series and enable them to undertake their own detailed analysis:
Appropriate caveats will be included with the above series advising that care needs to be exercised when using the original and seasonally adjusted series. The monthly publication will retain catalogue number 8501.0 but will be renamed Retail Trade Trends, Australia.
While the level of detail that will be released quarterly is yet to be finalised, it is likely that the quarterly output will include:
The quarterly publication will have a separate catalogue number and will be released two weeks after the release in respect of the last month of the quarter.
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This page last updated 8 September 2008