Retail turnover falls 0.1% in December 2011 (Media Release)
6 February 2012
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Retail turnover falls 0.1% in December 2011
The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover fell 0.1% in December 2011, seasonally adjusted, following a rise of 0.1% in November 2011.
The largest contributor to the fall was Food retailing (-0.7%), followed by Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-1.8%). These falls were offset by rises in Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (3.5%), Department stores (1.1%) and Household goods retailing (0.2%). Turnover was relatively unchanged in Other retailing (0.0%).
The state which was the largest contributor to the fall was Queensland (-1.4%), followed by Western Australia (-0.7%), New South Wales (-0.2%), South Australia (-0.7%), the Northern Territory (-2.6%) and Tasmania (-0.1%). Turnover rose in Victoria (1.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (1.8%).
In trend terms, turnover rose 0.2% in December 2011. This follows a rise of 0.2% in November 2011 and a rise of 0.2% in October 2011.
In volume terms, turnover rose 0.4% in the December quarter 2011, seasonally adjusted, following a rise of 0.5% in the September quarter 2011.
More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available inRetail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).
Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
For a detailed definition of Other retailing in terms of its ANZSIC 2006 classes, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes.
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