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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Feb 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/04/2009   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

Feb 09
Jan 09 to Feb 09
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
np
np
Seasonally adjusted estimates
18 873.4
-2.0

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

Monthly Turnover, Seasonally adjusted - % change
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Seasonally adjusted—% change



FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Federal Government Economic Security Strategy Package and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.


AUSTRALIA
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate decreased by 2.0% in February 2009. This follows a revised increase of 0.5% in January 2009 and an increase of 3.8% in December 2008.
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 12.9% in February 2009 compared with January 2009. Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated) decreased by 16.3%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 6.6%. Australian turnover increased by 0.5% in February 2009 compared with February 2008. Chains and other large retailers increased by 3.2%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 3.5%.


INDUSTRIES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, all industries had a decrease in February 2009 - Food retailing (-0.4%), Department stores (-9.8%), Clothing and soft good retailing (-2.7%), Household good retailing (-3.8%), Other retailing (-0.3%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-1.3%).


STATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, all states other than Tasmania (+1.3%) had a decrease in February 2009 - New South Wales (-2.4%), Victoria (-1.3%), Queensland (-2.2%), South Australia (-2.4%), Western Australia (-2.7%), Northern Territory (-0.1%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.5%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2009 6 May 2009
April 2009 1 June 2009
May 2009 1 July 2009
June 2009 3 August 2009
July 2009 9 September 2009
August 2009 30 September 2009



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Federal Government Economic Security Strategy Package and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.


REVISIONS

Revisions have been applied to the January 2009 original estimates for the Supermarkets and grocery stores and Cafes and restaurants industry subgroups for Victoria. These revisions result from a review of data provided by survey respondents for February. In addition, there were minor revisions to data at the industry subgroup by state level. As a result, the seasonally adjusted estimates for January 2009 have also been revised.


TIME SERIES DATA

Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication and the following additional series:
  • Retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by six industry groups in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by state in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms.


INQUIRIES

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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