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5676.0 - Business Indicators, Australia, Sep 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/12/2011   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 11 to Sep Qtr 11
Sep Qtr 10 to Sep Qtr 11
%
%

Sales of goods and services (Chain volume measures)
Manufacturing
Trend
0.5
0.0
Seasonally Adjusted
1.3
0.8
Wholesale trade
Trend
1.0
4.1
Seasonally Adjusted
2.2
5.3
Inventories (Chain volume measures)
Trend
0.2
1.1
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.1
0.8
Company gross operating profits
Trend
3.7
7.0
Seasonally Adjusted
4.8
8.8
Wages and salaries
Seasonally Adjusted
1.8
7.8


Inventories (volume terms), Trend estimates
Graph: Inventories (volume terms), Trend estimates

Company gross operating profits, Trend estimates
Graph: Company gross operating profits, Trend estimates




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


CHAIN VOLUME ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate for inventories rose 0.2% in the September quarter 2011. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 1.1% this quarter.
  • The trend estimate for Manufacturing sales of goods and services rose 0.5% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 1.3%.
  • The trend estimate for Wholesale trade sales of goods and services rose 1.0% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 2.2%.


CURRENT PRICE ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for company gross operating profits rose 4.8% in the September quarter 2011.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for wages and salaries rose 1.8% in the September quarter 2011.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2011 5 March 2012
March 2012 4 June 2012
June 2012 3 September 2012
September 2012 3 December 2012



COMPARISON BETWEEN COMPANY GROSS OPERATING PROFITS AND GROSS OPERATING SURPLUS

Valuation changes have had an impact on the value of inventories held by Australian businesses this quarter. An inventories valuation adjustment (IVA) is applied in the calculation of the gross operating surplus of private non-financial corporations (GOS) estimate in the Australian National Accounts. The IVA for the September quarter 2011 is -$1m which is $1,423m lower than the June quarter 2011 IVA of $1,422m.

No adjustment is made to the company gross operating profits (CGOP) estimate in this publication and, as a result, users should exercise caution when comparing CGOP and GOS. It should be noted that there are other differences between the two series. In particular, changes are made to GOS when annual benchmarks are applied and slightly different seasonal factors apply to the two series. Given this, while CGOP movements are an appropriate indicator for GOS, the two series will not have equivalent seasonally adjusted movements from quarter to quarter.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
  • Each September quarter the reference and base year for chain volume estimates for the Business Indicators Survey are updated. A new base year, 2009-10, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in minor revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2009-10. Additivity is preserved in the quarters of the reference year and subsequent quarters. Re-referencing affects the level of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.
  • As happens each year, a seasonal re-analysis has been undertaken based on estimates up to and including the June quarter 2011. No significant changes have occurred in this re-analysis, resulting in only minor revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates.


INQUIRIES

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