Retail turnover rises 0.3% in January 2012 (Media Release)
29 February 2012
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Retail turnover rises 0.3% in January 2012
The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.3% in January 2012, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.1% in December 2011.
The rise was driven by cafes, restaurants and catering services (6.6%) which is a subgroup of cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (4.3%).
Across the remaining industry groups, turnover rose in other retailing (0.2%) and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.1%) and fell in household goods retailing (-1.8%) and department stores (-0.2%). Food retailing (0.0%) was relatively unchanged.
The state which was the largest contributor to the rise was Queensland (1.7%), followed by Western Australia (1.0%), the Northern Territory (3.5%), the Australian Capital Territory (2.1%) and Tasmania (0.1%). These rises were offset by falls in New South Wales (-0.5%), Victoria (-0.4%) and South Australia (-0.3%).
In trend terms, turnover rose 0.1% in January 2012. This follows a rise of 0.1% in December 2011 and a rise of 0.2% in November 2011.
More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available inRetail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).
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.
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