8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Oct 2016  
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2 December 2016
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Retail turnover rises 0.5 per cent in October

Australian retail turnover rose 0.5 per cent in October 2016, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.

This follows a 0.6 per cent rise in September 2016.

In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in food retailing (0.6 per cent), household goods retailing (0.7 per cent), other retailing (0.8 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.4 per cent). There were falls in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.4 per cent) and department stores (-0.4 per cent) in October 2016.

In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in Queensland (0.8 per cent), Victoria (0.5 per cent), New South Wales (0.3 per cent), Western Australia (0.4 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (0.9 per cent), Tasmania (0.6 per cent) and the Northern Territory (0.3 per cent). South Australia (-0.1 per cent) fell in seasonally adjusted terms.

The trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.4 per cent in October 2016 following a 0.4 per cent rise in September 2016. Compared to October 2015 the trend estimate rose 3.3 per cent.

Online retail turnover contributed 3.9 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:

    • 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.
    • Estimates of online retail turnover are only available in original terms and are not available in seasonally adjusted or trend terms.
    • Along with the monthly current price estimates that reflect both price and volume changes, the March, June, September and December publications also present quarterly estimates that reflect volume and price changes separately.
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