8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jun 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/08/2009   
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Jun 09
May 09 to Jun 09
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
19 417.3

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Jun Qtr 2009
Mar Qtr 2009 to Jun Qtr 2009
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend estimates
54 788.7
Seasonally adjusted estimates
55 037.2

Monthly Turnover, Current prices - Seasonally adjusted
Graph: Monthly turnover_current prices_seasonally adjusted_% change

Quarterly turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate
Graph: Quarterly turnover_chain volume measures_Trend estimates_% change


  • The retail trade current price trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in these series through the period affected by the Government's stimulus packages and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate decreased by 1.4% in June 2009. This follows an increase of 1.0% in May 2009 and a revised increase of 1.0% in April 2009.
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 2.9% in June 2009 compared with May 2009. Both the Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated) and the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 2.9%. Australian turnover increased by 7.9% in June 2009 compared with June 2008. Chains and other large retailers increased by 9.2%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers increased by 5.7%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, all industries except Household good retailing (+2.9%) had a decrease in June 2009. This is the opposite to May 2009 where all industries, except Household good retailing, had an increase. Industries with the largest decrease in June 2009 were Department stores (-8.8%) and Clothing and soft good retailing (-7.4%).
  • In seasonally adjusted terms all states, except New South Wales (+0.1%), had a decrease in June 2009.

  • The trend estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail series increased by 1.3% in the June quarter 2009 in volume terms.



ISSUE Release Date
July 2009 9 September 2009
August 2009 30 September 2009
September 2009 4 November 2009
October 2009 3 December 2009
November 2009 7 January 2010
December 2009 4 February 2010


The ABS will implement a revised industry classification, the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006, into the Retail Trade series from the July 2009 issue. To enable the series to be compiled and validated according to the new classification the July issue will be released on 9 September 2009, about one week later than normal. Subsequent issues will be released at the normal time. The Information Paper: ANZSIC 2006 Implementation in Retail Trade Statistics, July 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.006), released on 3 August 2009, describes the major changes to Retail trade under ANZSIC 2006 and how historical series will be maintained. The information paper includes mock-ups of the the proposed publication and related spreadsheets.


As advised in the previous issue, a discrepancy with the survey frame used for the April and May 2009 Retail trade estimates was being investigated. As a result, all estimates, except Department stores, have been revised for April and May 2009. Movements between March and April 2009 have been revised but there has been negliable impact on the movements between April and May 2009.


Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication and the following additional current price monthly series:
  • Retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by six industry groups in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by state in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.