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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Sep 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/11/2012   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

September 2012
August 2012 to September 2012
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend
21 576.0
0.2
Seasonally Adjusted
21 591.6
0.5


September Qtr 2012
June Qtr 2012 to September Qtr 2012
$m
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend
64 098.8
0.8
Seasonally Adjusted
63 797.1
-0.1


Monthly Turnover, Current Prices - Trend Estimate
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Current Prices, Trend Estimate

Quarterly Turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate
Graph: Quarterly Turnover in volume terms, Trend Estimate




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • The trend estimate rose 0.2% in September 2012. This follows a rise of 0.3% in August 2012 and a rise of 0.3% in July 2012.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.5% in September 2012. This follows a rise of 0.3% in August 2012 and a fall of 0.8% in July 2012.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.7% in September 2012 compared with September 2011.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in September 2012: Food retailing (0.4%), Household goods retailing (0.5%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.2%). Department stores (-0.3%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.2%) and Other retailing (-0.1%) fell in trend terms in September 2012.
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in September 2012: Western Australia (0.6%), Queensland (0.2%), New South Wales (0.1%), Victoria (0.1%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.6 %) and South Australia (0.1%). The Northern Territory (0.0%) was relatively unchanged and Tasmania (-0.5%) fell in trend terms in September 2012.


VOLUME MEASURES
  • In Volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.8% in the September quarter 2012.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2012 3 December 2012
November 2012 9 January 2013
December 2012 6 February 2013
January 2013 5 March 2013
February 2013 4 April 2013
March 2013 6 May 2013



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Each September the reference year and base year for chain volume estimates is updated. A new base year, 2010-11, 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 2010-11. 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.

Revisions to other seasonally adjusted estimates are due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.


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, the quarterly chain volume measures and the following additional current price monthly 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 Paul Slater on Sydney (02) 9268 4581.


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