8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, June 2020  
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

June 2020
May 2020 to June 2020
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend
na
na
Seasonally Adjusted
29 759.5
2.7

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June Qtr 2020
March Qtr 2020 to June Qtr 2020
$m
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend
na
na
Seasonally Adjusted
77 969.6
-3.4

na not available


Monthly Turnover, Current Prices - Seasonally adjusted estimate
Monthly turnover, Current Prices, seasonally adjusted estimate
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Quarterly Turnover, in volume terms - Seasonally adjusted estimate
Quartlerly turnover, in volume terns. Seasonall adjusted estimate

JUNE KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on retail trade the trend series has been suspended from February 2020.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 2.7% in June 2020. This follows a rise of 16.9% in May, and a fall of 17.7% in April 2020.
  • The following industries rose in seasonally adjusted terms in June 2020: Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (27.9%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (20.5%), Food retailing (0.9%), and Other retailing (0.3%). Department stores (-12.1%), and Household goods retailing (-3.2%) fell in seasonally adjusted terms in June 2020.
  • The following states and territories rose in seasonally adjusted terms in June 2020: New South Wales (3.7%), Victoria (4.1%), Western Australia (2.5%), South Australia (1.3%), Tasmania (4.0%), Queensland (0.4%), and the Australian Capital Territory (3.8%). The Northern Territory (-4.9%) fell in seasonally adjusted terms in June 2020.


VOLUME MEASURES
  • In volume terms, the seasonally adjusted estimate for Australian turnover fell 3.4% in the June quarter 2020.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2020 4 September 2020
August 2020 2 October 2020
September 2020 4 November 2020
October 2020 4 December 2020
November 2020 11 January 2021
December 2020 5 February 2021


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no revisions to the original estimates.

This issue includes updated online retail turnover estimates for the June 2020 reference month and updated per capita turnover for the June quarter 2020. The estimates are provided and explained in the appendix section of this publication.


CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) commenced daily situation reports of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on 21 January 2020 and identified it as an international health emergency on 30 January. From 1 February, the Australian Government placed travel restrictions on those travelling to Australia from mainland China and restrictions on inbound tourism have remained in place. In March, regulations to encourage social distancing saw further impacts on the ability of businesses to trade as normal. This included restrictions on dining-in at restaurants and restrictions on the number of people that could be in a shop at a particular time. Restrictions were eased gradually in May and June 2020, although a number of restrictions remain.


SUSPENSION OF TREND SERIES

The trend series attempts to measure underlying behaviour in retail activity. In the short term, this measurement will be significantly affected by changes to regular patterns in retail spending that will occur during this time, as certain businesses are restricted from trading for example. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying retail activity.

It may be some time before the underlying trend in retail activity can be accurately estimated. The retail trend series has therefore been suspended as at February 2020. The trend series will be reinstated when more certainty emerges in the underlying trend in retail


TIME SERIES DATA
  • Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication:
  • Monthly retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sectors, by six industry groups and also by state in original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail chain volume measures by six industry groups and also by state in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail turnover per capita in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly sales to households by selected service industries in original terms
  • Quarterly measures of total retail turnover per capita.


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