8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Apr 2010  
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June 1, 2010
ABS retail sales up 0.6% in April 2010

The latest ABS retail trade figures show that sales in April rose 0.6%, seasonally adjusted, compared with a rise of 0.8% the previous month.

Sales rose, in seasonally adjusted terms, across three retail industry groups: Household Goods Retailing (2.6%), Food Retailing (1.3%) and Clothing, Footwear & Other Personal Accessory Retailing (0.3%). Sales fell in Department Stores (-2.4%), Other Retailing (-0.7%) and Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services (-0.7%).

South Australia (2.9%) recorded the largest rise in sales in April (seasonally adjusted), followed by Victoria (1.5%), Queensland (1.2%), the Northern Territory (1.2%), Tasmania (0.5%). Sales fell in New South Wales (-0.8%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.3%) and Western Australia (-0.1%).

Trend turnover for April 2010 rose 0.1%. This follows a 0.1% rise in both March 2010 and February 2010.

In original terms, turnover increased 0.9% in the twelve months to April 2010.

Further information is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0)

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