8501.0 - Retail Trade Trends, Australia, Jul 2008
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/09/2008
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Significant changes have been made to the Retail Business Survey design. Please see Feature article for more details.
JULY KEY POINTS
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Major changes have been implemented in this issue, reducing the level of detail available monthly. For more information, refer to the Feature article, Changes to monthly retail trade statistics.
These changes have resulted in revisions to original series from January 2003 to June 2008. In addition, the seasonally adjusted and trend series have been updated following the normal annual review of the seasonal adjustment process.
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 introduced from July 2008, there will be increased volatility in all series. The original and seasonally adjusted series will be most affected, 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.
NEW QUARTERLY PUBLICATION
More detailed quarterly industry and state estimates will be available from Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 8502.0). The first issue of this publication, September quarter 2008, is scheduled for release on 17 November 2008.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Rod Cowie on Canberra (02) 6252 6720.
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