8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Feb 2011  
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31 March, 2011
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Household goods spending drives Retail Trade up 0.5% in February 2011

The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.5% in February 2011, seasonally adjusted, following a rise of 0.4% the previous month.

Household goods retailing (2.0%), Other retailing (0.7%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.9%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.3%) recorded rises in February 2011. Turnover was relatively unchanged in Food retailing (0.0%) and fell in Department stores (-0.4%).

Turnover rose in Queensland (2.3%), Western Australia (1.6%), Tasmania (1.3%) and the Northern Territory (1.7%). Turnover fell in Victoria (-0.3%), South Australia (-0.5%), the Australian Capital Territory (-1.5%) and New South Wales (-0.1%).

Trend turnover rose 0.2% in February 2011. This follows rises in January 2011 (0.1%) and December 2010 (0.1%). Trend turnover rose 2.3% in February 2011 compared with February 2010.

More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).

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