8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Mar 2009
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MARCH KEY POINTS
SUSPENSION OF MONTHLY TREND ESTIMATES
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
State by industry subgroup estimates had been supressed for the period July to October 2008. Modelled estimates for this period are now available. For further details see State by Industry Subgroup Estimates.
Quarterly Chain Volume estimates are shown in Table 5 through to Table 8 of this issue. These tables replace those presented in Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators (cat. no. 8502.0) which ceased with the December quarter 2008 issue.
As a result of the inclusion of the modelled estimates, published current price estimates at the state and industry group levels for July to October 2008 have been revised. However, the Australian total for each month has not changed. Changes to the October month state and industry estimates have resulted in revisions to the December quarter 2008 chain volume measures.
MONTHLY TREND SERIES
The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Federal Government's economic stimulus packages and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue.
QUARTERLY TREND SERIES
The impact of the Federal Government's economic stimulus packages has been assessed as not statistically significant in the quarterly Chain Volume series (i.e. the impact on the quarterly estimate is relatively smaller than the impact on an individual month and the impact on the quarter is less distinguishable from other irregular influences over the period). Therefore, the quarterly trend series are being released.
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 and the following additional current price monthly series:
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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