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5676.0 - Business Indicators, Australia, Jun 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2009   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Mar Qtr 09 to Jun Qtr 09
Jun Qtr 08 to Jun Qtr 09
%
%

Sales of goods & services (Chain vol. meas.)
Manufacturing
Trend
-1.8
-7.7
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.1
-7.7
Wholesale trade
Trend
0.5
-2.2
Seasonally Adjusted
2.9
-0.8
Inventories (Chain vol. meas.)
Trend
-2.3
-4.8
Seasonally Adjusted
-3.4
-5.3
Company gross operating profits
Trend
-7.5
-15.0
Seasonally Adjusted
-7.8
-14.7
Wages and salaries
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.1
0.0


Inventories (volume terms), Trend estimates - Quarterly change
Graph: Inventories (volume terms)

Company gross operating profits (current prices), Trend estimates - Quarterly change
Graph: Company gross operating profits (current prices) Trend estimates Quarterly change




JUNE KEY POINTS


CHAIN VOLUME ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate for inventories fell 2.3% in the June quarter 2009. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 3.4% this quarter.
  • The trend estimate for Manufacturing sales of goods and services fell 1.8% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 1.1%.
  • The trend estimate for Wholesale trade's sales of goods and services rose 0.5% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 2.9%.


CURRENT PRICE ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for company gross operating profits fell 7.8% in the June quarter 2009.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for wages and salaries fell 1.1% in the June quarter 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2009 30 November 2009
December 2009 1 March 2010
March 2010 31 May 2010
June 2010 30 August 2010



INTERPRETING TREND ESTIMATES

The trend series in this publication should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of a number of series may have been impacted by global economic conditions and the Federal Government's Economic Security Package.


SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT CHANGES

For some selected series for this issue forward factor seasonal adjustment has replaced the usual concurrent seasonal adjustment. The forward seasonal factors have been projected from June quarter 2008. This has been done because of the uncertain influence of the global financial crisis on the seasonal pattern of the original estimates. This change in seasonal adjustment approach will be reviewed next quarter.


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 June quarter 2009 is (-$437)m which is $577m lower than the March quarter IVA of $140m. 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 the two series. 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.


INQUIRIES

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