8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Mar 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/05/2008   
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


MONTHLY SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES


TOTAL RETAIL

There has been weak trend growth for four months. Food retailing (five months) and Department stores (two months) have had weak growth. Household good retailing (four months) and Hospitality and services (three months) have had a decline in the trend estimate, while Recreational good retailing has had nine months of strong growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail


FOOD RETAILING

There have been five months of weak trend growth. New South Wales and Tasmania have had a decline in the trend estimate for four months. Western Australia has had four months of weak trend growth. Victoria (four months), Queensland (six months), South Australia (three months) and Northern Territory (five months) have had moderate growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Food retailing


DEPARTMENT STORES

There have been two months of weak trend growth. New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia have had at least one month of weak trend growth. Western Australia has had a decline in the trend estimate for five months.

Graph: Industry trends_Department stores


CLOTHING AND SOFT GOOD RETAILING

There has been no change in the trend estimate for five months. Queensland (nine months) and Western Australia (four months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory had no change in March 2008. South Australia (four months) and Tasmania (three months) have had moderate trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Clothing and soft good retailing


HOUSEHOLD GOOD RETAILING

There has been a decline in the trend estimate for four months. Queensland (five months), Western Australia (11 months) and the Australian Capital Territory (16 months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. Victoria (two months) and the Northern Territory (four months) have had no change in the trend estimate. New South Wales has had weak trend growth for two months.

Graph: Industry trends_Household good retailing


RECREATIONAL GOOD RETAILING

There has been strong trend growth for nine months. Queensland (11 months), South Australia (three months), Western Australia (ten months) and the Northern Territory (six months) have had strong trend growth. After eight months of strong growth, New South Wales had moderate growth in March 2008.

Graph: Industry trends_Recreational good retailing


OTHER RETAILING

After eight months of strong trend growth, there have been two months of moderate growth. Queensland (12 months) and South Australia (ten months) have had strong growth. New South Wales (one month) and Victoria (three months) have had weak growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Other retailing


TOTAL RETAIL (EXCLUDING HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES)

Over the last three months, the trend growth for Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services) has been slightly higher than that for Total industries (including Hospitality and services).

Graph: Industry trends_Total retail (excluding Hospitality and services)


HOSPITALITY AND SERVICES

There has been a decline in the trend estimate for three months. Victoria (two months), Queensland (six months) and Western Australia (five months) have had a decline in the trend estimate. New South Wales has had three months of weak trend growth.

Graph: Industry trends_Hospitality and services