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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Mar 2009  
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SECTION 6 CONSUMPTION

Retail

  • As it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Government's stimulus package and other influences associated with global economic conditions, the retail trade trend series was suspended in November 2008.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, retail turnover in Western Australia rose by 1.4% in January 2009 following a larger increase (2.8%) in December 2008.
  • In the preceding year, there were small fluctuations in the seasonally adjusted figures. Some of these may be related to the global financial situation in the second half of 2008 before the Australian government's economic stimulus package took effect in December.
  • Apart from these recent monthly fluctuations, there has been steady growth in Western Australia's retail turnover since late 2000.

MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER, Current Prices - Seasonally Adjusted
Graph: Monthly Retail Turnover, Current Prices—Seasonally Adjusted

  • While the seasonally adjusted increase in turnover in December 2008 was spread across all areas of retail trade, increases in the following month occurred primarily in food retailing (up 5.0% or $40 million) and department stores (up 2.4% or $4 million).
  • In contrast, the January turnover for household goods retailing fell by 3.9%, or $15 million, and for clothing and soft goods retailing by 2.7%, or $4 million.

16 RETAIL TRADE(a), monthly turnover - Current price: Seasonally Adjusted

Food
retailing
Department
stores
Clothing and
soft good
retailing
Household
good
retailing
Other
retailing
Cafes, restaurants and
takeaway food
services
Total

Seasonally adjusted ($m)

2008
January
755.8
171.6
139.3
366.6
300.3
262.4
1 996.0
February
751.9
171.1
144.2
360.3
305.6
261.3
1 994.3
March
765.0
168.0
138.8
367.9
315.2
267.8
2 022.8
April
757.2
174.4
146.7
352.7
326.7
281.3
2 038.9
May
769.2
172.1
144.9
353.3
330.1
279.4
2 049.1
June
770.7
168.8
142.5
355.1
327.9
286.1
2 051.1
July
806.6
181.5
117.5
343.1
326.4
321.6
2 096.8
August
787.8
173.8
109.5
367.4
301.8
279.8
2 020.1
September
842.0
178.6
113.4
373.7
349.5
293.0
2 150.2
October
784.7
174.5
161.7
315.2
333.4
307.4
2 076.9
November
812.0
166.6
120.6
341.5
315.2
284.1
2 040.0
December
805.7
181.3
128.3
381.2
333.4
266.9
2 096.7
2009
January
845.9
185.6
124.8
366.2
336.4
266.9
2 125.6

(a) For industry definitions see paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes in the source publications.
Source: Retail Trade, Australia, cat. no. 8501.0.
Note: As of July 2008, all historical data have been revised as a result of changes to the survey design.



New motor vehicle sales
  • There was a steady decrease in the sales of new motor vehicles (trend) in Western Australia over the thirteen months to February 2009. In that period, the number of vehicles sold fell by more than 19% to 8,370.
  • Monthly vehicle sales in Western Australia have not surpassed 10,000 since May 2008 (10,033 vehicles).

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
Graph: NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

  • In the three months to February 2009, new motor vehicle sales were almost 7% lower than in the previous three month period.
  • In the three months to February 2009, a decline in sales was recorded for all vehicle types including passenger vehicles (5%), sports utility vehicles (7%) and other vehicles (10%).

17 New Motor Vehicle Sales, By type of vehicle: Trend

Passenger vehicles
Sports utility vehicles
Other vehicles
Total vehicles
Month
no.
no.
no.
no.

Trend

2007
December
5 636
2 194
2 553
10 382
2008
January
5 587
2 229
2 592
10 408
February
5 535
2 250
2 601
10 386
March
5 490
2 237
2 579
10 306
April
5 454
2 190
2 534
10 177
May
5 419
2 129
2 484
10 033
June
5 372
2 069
2 450
9 892
July
5 284
2 020
2 443
9 747
August
5 147
1 977
2 457
9 581
September
4 987
1 933
2 462
9 383
October
4 839
1 885
2 438
9 162
November
4 724
1 829
2 373
8 926
December
4 645
1 778
2 282
8 705
2009
January
4 593
1 739
2 184
8 516
February
4 566
1 712
2 093
8 370

Source: Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, cat. no. 9314.0.



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