8622.0 - Retail and Wholesale Industries, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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1 The Retail and Wholesale Industry data cubes in the Downloads tab contain annual state and territory estimates by Subdivision, for the 2012–13 reference period. The estimates are produced using data directly collected in the Retail and Wholesale Industries Survey supplemented by information sourced from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Business Activity Statement (BAS) data to improve the accuracy of estimates.


2 State estimates are produced for employment, wages and salaries, and sales and service income. For the purpose of compiling the estimates in this publication, data for businesses as recorded on the ABS Business Register (ABSBR) contribute via one of two categories (or 'streams') in accordance with significance and collection-related characteristics. The data is produced using a combination of estimation methods. The estimation method depends on the stream:

  • Stream 1: Completely enumerated and medium size multistate businesses
  • Stream 2: Sampled sector units

Stream 1: Completely enumerated and medium size multi-state businesses

3 This stream consists of units recorded on the ABSBR as having employment of at least 300, plus medium size businesses (e.g. employment in the range 20-299) which according to information recorded on the ABSBR operate in more than one state or territory.

4 Stream 1 units contribute to the state and territory estimates via state data reported in the Retail and Wholesale Industry Survey.

Stream 2: Sampled sector units

5 This stream comprises of units selected in Retail and Wholesale Industry Survey which are not in Stream 1 and have turnover, in aggregate, above the bottom 2.5 percentile of BAS turnover for that ANZSIC Subdivision, or are identified as employing businesses (based on ATO information).

6 Stream 2 units contribute to the state estimates via proration of their data across the states and territories using state proration factors. State proration factors are produced based on the ABSBR survey frame information. For sales and services, BAS turnover is used; for wages and employment, BAS wages. The proration factors are included at stratum level.