Australian Bureau of Statistics
8501.0 - Retail Trade Trends, Australia, Oct 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/12/2008
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OCTOBER KEY POINTS
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
For information on revisions to the completely enumerated sector component of the total estimate, see the Changes in this issue section.
TIME SERIES DATA
The following trend, seasonally adjusted and original series are available from the Downloads tab of this issue:
Also available are standard errors by state and industry.
INTERPRETING MONTHLY MOVEMENTS
Due to the smaller sample size and new sampling methodology (there are independent samples for each month of the quarter) introduced from July 2008, there is increased volatility in all series. The original and seasonally adjusted series are most affected and, as a result, the original and seasonally adjusted series are considered of limited use for measuring month to month movements. The ABS recommends using the trend series for this analysis.
As announced by the Australian Statistician on Wednesday 4 November 2008, the full monthly Retail Trade sample will be reinstated. Data for the November 2008 month will be collected from the reinstated sample and the results included in the November 2008 issue of this publication. The format of this publication however, will not change until early 2009. Therefore, the November issue will continue to present data at the industry and state level only. The publication will only include trend estimates but seasonally adjusted estimates will be available from the ABS website.
With the reinstatement of the full monthly sample, the December quarter 2008 issue of Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 8502.0) to be released on 18 February 2009 will be the final issue.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.
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This page last updated 6 January 2009