8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Dec 2011  
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6 February 2012
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

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 in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).
Media note:
  • 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.