Australian Bureau of Statistics
8501.0 - Retail Trade Trends, Australia, Aug 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/09/2008
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AUGUST KEY POINTS
CHANGES TO MONTHLY RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS FROM JULY 2008
Please refer to the Feature Article: Changes to monthly Retail trade statistics in the July 2008 issue.
There have been revisions to all original series, except for Department stores, for July 2008. These revisions will impact the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. These revisions are result of corrections to imputation for non-responding providers for July 2008.
TIME SERIES DATA
The following trend, seasonally adjusted and original series are available from the Downloads tab of this issue:
Also available are standard errors by state and industry.
INTERPRETING MONTHLY MOVEMENTS
Due to the smaller sample size and new sampling methodology introduced from July 2008, there will be increased volatility in all series. The original and seasonally adjusted series will be most affected, and as a result, the original and seasonally adjusted series are considered of limited use for measuring month to month movements. The ABS recommends using the trend series for this analysis.
NEW QUARTERLY PUBLICATION
More detailed quarterly industry and state estimates will be available from Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 8502.0). The first issue of this publication, September quarter 2008, is scheduled for release on 17 November 2008. An outline of the new publication and the shells for the spreadsheets will be available with the release of the September monthly publication on 3 November 2008.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.
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This page last updated 31 October 2008