8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Dec 2018  
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

December 2018
November 2018 to December 2018
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend
27 068.2
0.2
Seasonally Adjusted
27 005.9
-0.4

December Qtr 2018
September Qtr 2018 to December Qtr 2018
$m
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend
80 178.2
0.3
Seasonally Adjusted
80 063.5
0.1

Monthly Turnover, Current Prices - Trend Estimate
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Current Prices, Trend Estimate

Quarterly Turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate
Graph: Quarterly Turnover in volume terms, Trend Estimate



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • The trend estimate rose 0.2% in December 2018. This follows a rise of 0.2% in November 2018 and a rise of 0.2% in October 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.4% in December 2018. This follows a rise of 0.5% in November 2018 and a rise of 0.3% in October 2018.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.2% in December 2018 compared with December 2017.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in December 2018: Food retailing (0.2%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.3%), Other retailing (0.1%), Cafes restaurants and takeaway food services (0.1%), and Department stores (0.1%). Household goods retailing was relatively unchanged (0.0%).
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in December 2018: Queensland (0.5%), Victoria (0.2%), Western Australia (0.3%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.3%), South Australia (0.1%), and Tasmania (0.1%). New South Wales (-0.1%), and the Northern Territory (-0.4%) both fell in trend terms in December 2018.


VOLUME MEASURES
  • In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.3% in the December quarter 2018.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2019 7 March 2019
February 2019 3 April 2019
March 2019 7 May 2019
April 2019 4 June 2019
May 2019 4 July 2019
June 2019 2 August 2019


REVISIONS

There are no revisions to the original estimates. A change was made to price deflators used to derive chain volume measures for the Supermarket and grocery stores series and Food retailing series. A revision was also made to the Other Retailing price deflator. These changes will result in revisions to published quarterly chain volume measures and the related implicit price deflator series, but will not impact the Total (industry) series. Note the changes will not impact related publications, including Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0).


TIME SERIES DATA

Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication:
  • Monthly retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sectors, by six industry groups and also by state in original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail chain volume measures by six industry groups and also by state in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail turnover per capita in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly sales to households by selected service industries in original terms
  • Quarterly measures of total retail turnover per capita.


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