8502.0 - Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators, Australia, Dec 2008
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/02/2009 Ceased
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DECEMBER KEY POINTS
INTERPRETING RETAIL TRADE TREND ESTIMATES
In July 2008, the monthly retail trade sample size was reduced. However, following an announcement by the Australian Statistician on Wednesday 5 November 2008, the full monthly Retail Trade sample has been reinstated. Data from the November 2008 month onwards is being collected from the full monthly sample and the results included in Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). With the reinstatement of the full monthly sample, this is the final issue of this quarterly publication. Quarterly chain volume measures will be included in the March, June, September and December issues of Retail Trade, Australia. For further details refer to the Information paper: Changes to the Dissemination of Retail Trade Statistics, January 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.005).
TIME SERIES DATA
Data available free from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication and the following additional quarterly series:
As advised in the September quarter 2008 issue of this publication, completely enumerated and sample sector estimates have been revised to remove a break-in-series between the June and September 2008 quarters. The break-in-series resulted from changes to scope and methodology introduced to the monthly Retail Business Survey in July 2008. Estimates at the total level (including industry by state) were adjusted for these changes. The completely enumerated and sample sectors estimates have now also been revised to account for these changes.
A minor change to a deflator for Pharmaceutical, cosmetic and toiletry retailing resulted in a $37m revision to September quarter 2008 chain volume measures in original terms. There were no other revisions to the original series. Seasonally adjusted and trend series have been revised due to this revision and incorporation of data for the latest quarter.
RELATIONSHIP TO MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER
State and industry monthly retail turnover current price estimates are available from Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). In original terms, the monthly series in Retail Trade, Australia sum to the quarterly series released in this issue. However, the monthly and quarterly series are seasonally adjusted independently, therefore the resulting seasonally adjusted and trend estimates may differ.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.
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