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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/07/2008   
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES


TOTAL RETAIL

There has been weak trend growth for six months. Household good retailing (six months) and Hospitality and services (five months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Food retailing (seven months), Department stores (four months) and Clothing and soft good retailing (six months) recorded weak trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail


FOOD RETAILING

There have been seven months of weak trend growth. After five months of weak trend growth, Victoria had no change in the trend estimate in May 2008. New South Wales has had no change in the trend estimate for two months after four months of decline.

Graph: Industry trends_Food retailing


DEPARTMENT STORES

There have been four months of weak trend growth. New South Wales (two months) and South Australia (four months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Victoria and Western Australia have both had four months of weak trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Department stores


CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING

There has been weak trend growth for six months. Queensland (11 months) and South Australia (four months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. New South Wales (three months), Victoria (four months) and Western Australia (three months) have had moderate trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Clothing and soft good retailing


HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING

There has been a decline in the trend estimate for six months. New South Wales (two months), Western Australia (13 months) and the Australian Capital Territory (18 months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Victoria also had a decline in the trend estimate in May 2008 after having no change for four months.

Graph: Industry trends_Household good retailing


RECREATIONAL GOOD RETAILING

There have been three months of moderate trend growth. Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have had at least eight months of strong growth. Victoria has had a decline in the trend estimate for five months.

Graph: Industry trends_Recreational good retailing


OTHER RETAILING

There have been five months of moderate trend growth. Queensland (14 months) and South Australia (12 months) have had strong trend growth. Western Australia had moderate growth in May 2008 after seven months of strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Other retailing


TOTAL RETAIL (EXCLUDING HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES)

Over the last six months, the trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been higher than that for Total industries (including Hospitality and services).

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services)


HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES

There has been a decline in the trend estimate for five months. All states except South Australia and Tasmania (both over 15 months of strong growth) had a decline in the trend estimate in May 2008. Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia have had a decline in the trend estimate for at least five months.

Graph: Industry trends_Hospitality and services


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