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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/05/2007   
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES


TOTAL RETAIL

There has been moderate trend growth for 16 months. Food retailing, the major contributor, has had 20 months of moderate growth. Clothing and soft good retailing, Recreational good retailing and Hospitality and services have all had three months of moderate trend growth, while Department stores (four months) and Household good retailing (six months) have had strong trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail



FOOD RETAILING

There has been moderate trend growth for 20 months. New South Wales (nine months), Victoria (12 months), South Australia (four months) and the Australian Capital Territory (seven months) have had moderate growth. Queensland (five months), Western Australia (six months) and Tasmania (four months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Food retailing



DEPARTMENT STORES

There has been four months of strong trend growth. Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have had four months of strong growth, while New South Wales and Western Australia had moderate trend growth in March 2007 following three months of strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Department stores



CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING

There has been moderate trend growth for the last three months. Victoria and Queensland had moderate trend growth in March 2007 following nine months of strong growth (Victoria) and eight months of being flat or in decline (Queensland). South Australia has had ten months of moderate growth. Western Australia (three months), the Northern Territory (five months) and the Australian Capital Territory (five months) have had strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Clothing and soft good retailing



HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING

There has been six months of strong trend growth. New South Wales (six months), Queensland (11 months) and the Northern Territory (four months) have had strong trend growth, while the Australian Capital Territory has been in decline for four months.

Graph: Industry trends_Household good retailing



RECREATIONAL GOOD RETAILING

The trend growth has become moderate over the last three months following five months of strong growth. Victoria (six months) and the Australian Capital Territory (seven months) have had strong growth. New South Wales has had mostly moderate growth for the last seven months.

Graph: Industry trends_Recreational good retailing



OTHER RETAILING

Other retailing has had weak trend growth for the last two months. New South Wales (seven months) and Victoria (nine months) have been in decline. By contrast, South Australia (six months), Western Australia (16 months) and the Australian Capital Territory (two months) have had strong trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Other retailing



TOTAL RETAIL (EXCLUDING HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES)

Over the last seven months, the trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been slightly stronger than Total industries (including Hospitality and services).

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services)



HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES

There has been moderate trend growth for three months. New South Wales has had moderate trend growth for four months. Western Australia has had 15 months of strong trend growth, while Victoria (two months), Tasmania (six months) and the Australian Capital Territory (three months) have all been in decline.

Graph: Industry trends_Hospitality and services

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