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

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
19 784.4
Seasonally adjusted estimates
19 719.2

Sep Qtr 2009
Jun Qtr 09 to Sep Qtr 09
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend estimates
56 810.0
Seasonally adjusted estimates
56 959.1

Monthly Turnover, Current prices - Trend estimate
Graph: Monthly turnover_current prices_trend_% change

Quarterly turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate
Graph: Quarterly turnover_in volume terms_Trend estimate_%change


  • The trend estimate increased 0.4% in September 2009. This follows a 0.4% increase in August and a 0.5% increase in July 2009.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate decreased 0.2% in September 2009. This follows a revised increase of 0.7% in August 2009 and a decrease of 0.9% in July 2009.
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased 0.7% in September 2009 compared with August 2009. Large retailers (which are completely enumerated) decreased 1.1% and the estimate for 'smaller' retailers increased 0.1%. Australian turnover increased 6.4% in September 2009 compared with September 2008.
  • In trend terms, all industries except Other retailing (no change) had an increase in September 2009. Food retailing (+0.4%), Household good retailing (+0.2%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (+0.4%), Department stores (+0.1%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (+1.0%) had an increase.
  • In trend terms, all states had an increase in September 2009. States with the largest increases were New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (all +0.5%).

  • The trend estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail series increased 1.4% in the September quarter 2009 in volume terms.



ISSUE Release Date
October 2009 3 December 2009
November 2009 7 January 2010
December 2009 4 February 2010
January 2010 2 March 2010
February 2010 31 March 2010
March 2010 6 May 2010


The retail trade current price trend series and concurrent seasonal adjustment have been reinstated. For further details refer to Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates.


There are revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates due to the reintroduction of the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.

A new base year, 2007-08, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates. This has resulted in minor revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2007-08. Additivity is preserved in the quarters of the reference year and subsequent quarters. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.


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.