8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Sep 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/11/2009   
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The chart below shows the trend series and seasonally adjusted series to September 2009.

In current price trend terms, Australian turnover increased 0.4% in September 2009 following increases of 0.4% in August and 0.5% in July 2009. Retail trend turnover has increased by at least 0.4% in each of the last 11 months. The rate of trend increase has slowed from 0.6% in May 2009 to 0.4% in each of the last two months.

All industries, except Other retailing (no change in September 2009), have had an increase in the trend for at least eight months. All states, except the Northern Territory (-0.1% in May 2009 and no change in both April and June 2009), have had an increase in the trend estimate for at least eight months.

In current price seasonally adjusted terms, Australian turnover decreased by 0.2% in September 2009 following a revised increase of 0.7% in August and a decrease of 0.9% in July 2009. Australian turnover has increased in seven of the eight months prior to June 2009 including a 4.0% increase in December 2008.

Graph: Retail Turnover, Australia, Seasonally adjusted and Trend


In seasonally adjusted terms, September quarter 2009 had a 0.4% decrease in volumes and a 0.2% decrease in prices.

In September quarter 2009, Household goods retailing (-2.1%), Clothing footwear and other personal accessory retailing (-3.5%) and Department stores (-3.8%) had a decrease in seasonally adjusted volumes. Food retailing (+0.9%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (+1.7%) had an increase in volumes. Other retailing had no change in volumes in September 2009.

The states with a decrease in seasonally adjusted volumes in the September quarter 2009 were New South Wales (-0.1%), Queensland (-1.5%), South Australia (-1.6%), Tasmania (-0.6%) and the Northern Territory (-0.2%). Victoria and Western Australia (both +0.2%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+0.1%) had an increase in volumes.