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Feature Article - The Accommodation, cafes and restaurants Industry 1999-2000
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently published Business Operations and Industry Performance, Australia 1999-2000 (Cat. no. 8140.0), which presents preliminary estimates for employing businesses in selected industries, including the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry. This article presents results for the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry and how it relates to all industries.
In 1999-2000, there were 694,300 operating businesses in Australia, of which the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry accounted for 31,070 (or 4.5%). The number of operating businesses in the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry has remained fairly constant over the last five financial years (see table F1.2).
Total operating income of the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry was $32,858 million in 1999-2000, an increase of 7.2% on the previous year. As a proportion of all industries, it represented 2.5% of total operating income. Similarly the operating expenses for this industry increased by a slightly smaller amount (6.8% to $30,877 million) in 1999-2000, representing 2.6% of expenses for all industries.
After deducting expenses from income, the resulting operating profit before tax (OPBT) for the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry was $1,981 million. As a proportion of the OPBT for all industries, this was lower than expenses and income at 1.7% reflecting the characteristics of an industry with low profitabilty levels (see graph F1.1). However compared with the previous year, OPBT for the accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry increased 8.0% in 1999-2000.
In terms of income, expenditure and operating profit before tax for the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry, the only decline in the last five financial years was in 1998-99, when OPBT fell by 15% compared to 1997-98. This decline came after unusually high growth in income (up 16%), expenditure (up 16%) and OPBT (up 15%) in 1997-98 compared to 1996-97 (see table F1.2).
Source: Business Operations and Industry Performance Survey 1999-2000. (ABS Cat no.8142.0)
Of all industries, the accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry was one of only three industries to record a decline in employment at the end of June 2000. Employment in this industry fell by 7.2%. Only the Mining industry fell by a larger amount (12.5%).
For more information on these statistics please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Joe Whelan of the Economic Activity Survey on 02 6252 5288.
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