8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Sep 2009  
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November 4, 2009

ABS Retail Sales down 0.2% in September 2009

The latest ABS Retail trade figures show that sales in September fell 0.2%, seasonally adjusted, compared with a rise of 0.7% (revised) the previous month.

Sales fell, in seasonally adjusted terms, for Department Stores (-2.9%), Clothing, Footwear & Other Personal Accessory Retailing (-0.8%) and Household Goods Retailing (-0.7%). However, Australian's are still enjoying eating out with sales rising in September for Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services (1.0%).

The Northern Territory (-0.7%) recorded the largest drop in sales, followed by Queensland (-0.6%), South Australia (-0.6%) and Western Australia (-0.6%), the ACT (-0.5%) and NSW (-0.1%). Sales rose in Victoria (0.4%) in September and in Tasmania remained unchanged.

Trend turnover for September 2009 rose 0.4%.

Retail turnover, in volume terms, fell 0.4%, seasonally adjusted, for the September Quarter 2009, compared with a rise of 1.9% in the June Quarter. Trend turnover, in volume terms, rose 1.4% for the September Quarter 2009 and is the 4th consecutive quarter of positive trend volume movement.

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

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