8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jul 2013
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/09/2013
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JULY KEY POINTS
MEASUREMENT OF ONLINE RETAIL TRADE
The ABS has recently released an information paper regarding the measurement of online retail trade. The paper explains that online retail sales by Australian resident businesses are included in the estimates of turnover presented in this publication. However, sales by non-resident retailers overseas who sell directly to the Australian general public via an online store are not included, nor are they within the primary purpose or scope of the Retail Business Survey.
The Retail Business Survey has been enhanced to produce estimates of domestic online retail sales. Preliminary results from the enhanced survey shows that 1.8% of the May 2013 estimate of Australian retail turnover was derived from online retail sales. Pure-play online retailers contributed approximately 40% of this estimate. Multi-channel retailers contributed the remaining 60%, of which half was food-related (i.e. derived from the food retailing and food services industries).
Ongoing results from the enhanced Retail Business Survey are expected to be included with this publication from November 2013. Further details on the scope of the Retail Business Survey and the enhanced measurement of online retail trade activity can be found in the information paper: Measurement of Online Retail Trade in Macroeconomic Statistics (cat. no. 8501.0.55.007).
Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.
TIME SERIES DATA
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Angus Bristow on Sydney (02) 9268 4308.
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