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APRIL KEY FIGURES
APRIL KEY POINTS
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
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There has been moderate trend growth for the last 15 months. Victoria has had strong trend growth since December 2003, while the rate of growth for Queensland has been slowing since October 2003. In April 2004, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory had moderate growth, the Australian Capital Territory had weak growth and Tasmania had no growth.
There has been moderate trend growth for the last five months. During April 2004, all states had moderate trend growth in Department stores retailing. The Australian Capital Territory had weak growth.
CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING
There has been weak growth in the trend estimate over the last four months. New South Wales continued its contraction with a 0.8% fall in the trend during April 2004. Queensland also had a small fall, while the Northern Territory had strong growth. The other states and the Australian Capital Territory had flat or weak growth.
HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING
The rate of growth in the trend estimate has been declining since June 2003, with flat growth in April 2004. Moderate falls in the trend in New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory over the last three months were offset by the growth in the other states and the Northern Territory. In this period the rate of growth has only increased in Queensland.
RECREATIONAL GOOD RETAILING
There were small falls in the trend estimate in each of the four months to April 2004. Over this period, growth in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory was offset by continuing falls in New South Wales, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory. Tasmania was flat during March and April 2004.
The trend estimate continued to fall at a moderate rate in April 2004. New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia had strong falls in April 2004. Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory had moderate growth, although the rate of growth has been decreasing over recent months.
TOTAL RETAIL (excluding Hospitality and Services)
The rate of trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been the same as that of Total industries (including Hospitality and services) for the last five months.
HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES
This industry has had weak to moderate trend growth in the last five months. In April 2004, strong growth in New South Wales and Tasmania was partially offset by declines in Queensland and Victoria. Western Australia and South Australia continued moderate growth.
MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES
NEW SOUTH WALES
April 2004 was the fifth consecutive month of weak trend growth. Moderate growth in Food retailing and Department stores and continuing strong growth in Hospitality and services was partially offset by moderate to strong falls in other industries.
Trend growth weakened slightly in April 2004 but continued the moderate to strong growth of the past 16 months. Growth in Food retailing, while slowing in comparison to the preceding three months, remained strong. Household good retailing, Recreational good retailing and Department stores had moderate growth in April 2004.
The rate of growth in the trend for Queensland continued to weaken from its peak in August 2003. Household good retailing strengthened during April 2004, while Department stores continued its moderate growth and Hospitality and services was in decline. The other industries had weak growth or small falls.
The rate of trend growth has weakened in the last five months. In April 2004, Recreational good retailing continued its strong growth, while Other retailing continued to be in decline. Food retailing, Department stores, Household good retailing and Hospitality and services had moderate growth.
There has been moderate trend growth for the last five months. In April 2004, Recreational good retailing had a slight fall, Clothing and soft good retailing had weak growth, while all other industries had moderate growth.
The trend growth has been weak for the last five months. In April 2004, Hospitality and services grew strongly, while Food retailing, Clothing and soft good retailing and Recreational good retailing were flat. Household good retailing was in decline.
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