8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Dec 2010  
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December 2010
Nov 2010 to Dec 2010
% change

Turnover at current prices
20 342.7
Seasonally Adjusted
20 358.2

December Qtr 2010
September Qtr 2010 to December Qtr 2010
% change

Turnover in volume terms
60 010.3
Seasonally Adjusted
59 819.2

Monthly Turnover, Current prices - Trend estimate

Quarterly turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate


  • The trend estimate fell 0.1% in December 2010. This follows relatively unchanged estimates in November 2010 (0.0%) and October 2010 (0.0%).
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.2% in December 2010. This follows a rise of 0.4% in November 2010 and a fall of 0.9% in October 2010.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 1.9% in December 2010 compared with December 2009.
  • The following industries fell in trend terms in December 2010: Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.8%), Other retailing (-0.3%), Department stores (-0.3%) and Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.1%). Food retailing (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. Household goods retailing (0.5%) rose in trend terms in December 2010.
  • The following states and territories fell in trend terms in December 2010: New South Wales (-0.2%), South Australia (-0.4%), the Northern Territory (-1.2%) and Tasmania (-0.1%). Queensland (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. Victoria (0.1%), Western Australia (0.1%) and the Australian Capital Territory (0.3%) rose in trend terms in December 2010.

  • In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.3% in the December quarter 2010.



ISSUE Release Date
January 2011 1 March 2011
February 2011 31 March 2011
March 2011 5 May 2011
April 2011 2 June 2011
May 2011 4 July 2011
June 2011 3 August 2011


Flooding in Queensland began in late December 2010. It is expected that the first significant economic impact of this and floods in other states will be reflected in the January 2011 release of this publication.

Data collection activities for December 2010, particularly in Queensland, were affected by the floods, however, this has not affected the data quality or reliability of the Australian series. The estimates for Queensland sub-group industry and sample sector series have been impacted by lower than usual response to the survey and therefore should be used with caution.

Original estimates for December 2010 may be subject to revision in future releases.


There are no revisions to the original estimates. Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.


Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication, the quarterly chain volume measures and the following additional current price monthly series:
  • Retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by six industry groups in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by state in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Katlean Pussell on Sydney (02) 9268 4568.