8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Oct 2009  
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December 3, 2009
Embargo: 11.30 am (AEDT)
ABS retail sales up 0.3% in October 2009

The latest ABS retail trade figures show that sales in October rose 0.3%, seasonally adjusted, compared with a fall of 0.2% the previous month.

Sales rose, in seasonally adjusted terms, for Department Stores (1.9%), Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services (1.1%) and Household Goods Retailing (0.1%). Sales in Clothing, Footwear & Other Personal Accessory Retailing (-0.2%), Food Retailing (-0.1%) and Other Retailing (-0.1%) all fell in October 2009.

The Northern Territory (1.8%) recorded the largest increase in sales, followed by Tasmania (1.5%), New South Wales (1.2%) and Western Australia (0.9%). Sales fell in Victoria (-0.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.6%) and Queensland (-0.2%) and South Australia was unchanged in October.

Trend turnover for October 2009 rose 0.2%.

Further information is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0)

Media Note: When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source