8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jan 2015  
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5 March 2015
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Retail turnover rises 0.4 per cent in January 2015

The latest Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.4 per cent in January following a rise of 0.2 per cent in December 2014, seasonally adjusted, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In seasonally adjusted terms the largest contributor to the rise was cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (2.0 per cent). Department stores (2.2 per cent), other retailing (1.0 per cent) and household goods retailing (0.7 per cent) also recorded rises in January. These were partially offset by falls in food retailing (-0.7 per cent) and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.1 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted terms the states which displayed rises were Queensland (1.2 per cent), Victoria (0.5 per cent), Tasmania (1.9 per cent) and Western Australia (0.1. per cent). New South Wales was relatively unchanged (0.0 per cent). There were falls in the Australian Capital Territory (-1.9 per cent), the Northern Territory (-1.8 per cent) and South Australia (-0.1 per cent).

The trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in January 2015 following a 0.2 per cent rise in December 2014. Through the year, the trend estimate rose 3.1 per cent in January 2015 compared to January 2014.

Online retail turnover contributed 2.8 per cent to total retail turnover in original terms.

More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).

Media note:

  • Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
  • For a detailed definition of each industry group and subgroup in terms of its ANZSIC 2006 classes, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes.