Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate this page
ABS Home > Statistics > By Catalogue Number
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Aug 2015  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/10/2015   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product
2 October 2015
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
Retail turnover rose 0.4 per cent in August 2015

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.4 per cent in August following a fall of 0.1 per cent in July 2015, seasonally adjusted.

In seasonally adjusted terms the largest contributor to the rise was food retailing (0.6 per cent). Other retailing (1.3 per cent), department stores (1.3 per cent) and household goods retailing (0.2 per cent) also rose. There were falls in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.4 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.3 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted terms there were rises in Victoria (0.9 per cent), New South Wales (0.5 per cent), Western Australia (0.2 per cent), South Australia (0.3 per cent) and Tasmania (0.4 per cent). There were falls in Queensland (-0.2 per cent), the Northern Territory (-0.9 per cent) and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.4 per cent).

The trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in August 2015 following a 0.3 per cent rise in July 2015. The trend estimate for August 2015 is 4.3 per cent higher compared to August 2014.

Online retail turnover contributed 3.1 per cent to total retail turnover in original terms.

More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0) on the ABS website at

Media note:

  • Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
  • For a detailed definition of each industry group and subgroup in terms of its ANZSIC 2006 classes, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes.

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window

Commonwealth of Australia 2015

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.