8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2010  
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ANALYSIS


TOTAL RETAIL - MONTHLY

The chart below shows the trend series and seasonally adjusted series to May 2010.

In current price trend terms, Australian turnover increased 0.2% in May 2010 following an increase of 0.2% in each of April and March 2010.

Food retailing (0.3%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.2%) have had an increase in the trend estimate for at least twenty four months. Clothing, footwear & personal accessory retailing (0.2%) and Other retailing (0.1%) both increased in May 2010. Household goods retailing (0.0%) remained unchanged in May 2010. Department stores (-0.3%) decreased for the fourth consecutive month in May 2010.

The following states and territories have had an increase in the trend estimate for at least eleven months: the Northern Territory (0.7%), South Australia (0.6%) and Victoria (0.4%). Queensland (0.1%) and Tasmania (0.1%) increased in May 2010. Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory remained unchanged in May 2010. New South Wales (-0.1%) decreased for the fourth consecutive month.

In current price seasonally adjusted terms, Australian turnover increased by 0.2% in May 2010 following increases of 0.6% in April 2010 and 0.8% in March 2010.

In current price original terms, chains and other large retailers increased 2.4% in May 2010. The estimate for smaller retailers increased 3.0% in May 2010.

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