1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Oct 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2006   
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ABS Retail and Wholesale Economic Activity Survey 2005-06

The ABS is conducting a survey of retail and wholesale businesses in respect of the 2005-06 financial year. Survey questionnaires were despatched to a sample of approximately 16,000 businesses across Australia in August 2006.

The survey will provide a detailed snapshot of the retail and wholesale industries. Government policy makers and private sector analysts will use this information to assess the effectiveness of their policies and programs.

Data available from the survey will include:

  • business counts, employment, income and expenses;
  • commodity sales and gross margins; and
  • selected performance indicators, e.g. operating profit before tax, industry value added.

Data will be released in the publications Retail Industry, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8622.0), Wholesale Industry, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8638.0), and several associated spreadsheets. These products will be available for free download from the ABS web site in mid 2007. More detailed data may be available on a customised basis on request.

For further information please contact William Milne on (03) 9615 7862 or click on Retail Industry, Australia.