8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2015  
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MEDIA RELEASE
3 July 2015
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
79/2015
Retail turnover rose 0.3 per cent in May 2015

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.3 per cent in May following a fall of -0.1 per cent in April 2015, seasonally adjusted.

In monthly terms, the trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in May 2015 following a 0.3 per cent rise in April 2015. In year-on-year terms, the trend estimate rose 4.4 per cent.

In seasonally adjusted terms there were rises in food retailing (0.7 per cent), household goods retailing (0.9 per cent) and other retailing (0.3 per cent). There were falls in department stores (-1.4 per cent), clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.8 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.2 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted terms there were rises in New South Wales (0.7 per cent), Queensland (0.2 per cent), Western Australia (0.2 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (0.9 per cent) and Tasmania (0.6 per cent). South Australia (0.0 per cent) and the Northern Territory (0.0 per cent) were relatively unchanged. There was a fall in Victoria (-0.1 per cent).

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 https://www.abs.gov.au
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.