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Monthly Business Turnover Indicator

Experimental indicator of business turnover derived from monthly Business Activity Statements

Reference period
January 2022
Released
15/03/2022

Key statistics

In seasonally adjusted terms, the monthly business turnover indicator showed:

  • Falls in business turnover for 10 of the 13 published industries in January 2022
  • The largest falls were in Arts and recreation services (-10.6%), Accommodation and food services (-6.6%) and Construction (-5.9%)
  • The largest increases were in Wholesale trade (7.1%) and Mining (5.4%)
  • Through the year, the largest rises were recorded in Mining (30.3%) followed by Transport, postal and warehousing (23.8%)
  • This experimental indicator is derived from Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Business Activity Statements (BAS) turnover data from monthly BAS remitters. It includes 13 of the 19 industry divisions classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006.
  • Monthly BAS reporting covers businesses with GST annual turnover of $20 million or more and a proportion of smaller businesses that report monthly on a voluntary basis.
  • The estimated monthly changes in business turnover are aligned as closely as is feasible to the Australian System of National Accounts concept of market output. Users should exercise caution in comparing the indicator to other ABS economic outputs due to differences in concepts, scope, coverage, and methods. 
  • Estimates in this release are subject to revisions. 

Industry

Total turnover differs between industries. This should be considered when analysing month-to-month movements in the context of overall economic activity. The chart below shows the monthly movements in the turnover indicator for January 2022 (represented by colour) and the selected industries' estimated share of total turnover for the 2020-21 financial year (represented by circle size). 

    Chart showing the monthly movements in the turnover indicator for January 2022 (represented by colour) and the selected industries' estimated share of total turnover for the 2020-21 financial year (represented by circle size).
    The chart has 13 circles, one for each industry division included in the Monthly Business Turnover Indicator. The size of each circle represents the share of total business turnover for the 2020-21 financial year for that industry. Circles are also given a colour shading to represent the monthly change in the Monthly Business Turnover Indicator for the current reference month. Industries with negative movements are coloured orange, those with little or no movement are grey, and positive movements are blue.

    The largest circles are for Wholesale trade, Retail trade, Manufacturing, Construction, and Mining.

    Accommodation and food services is coloured dark orange, indicating a strong negative movement. This is a comparatively small industry based on turnover share.

    Business turnover differs from the National Accounts concept of output. For example, the value of goods sold by wholesalers and subsequently retailers are reflected in turnover for both industries while National Accounts output measures the margins gained by each industry.

    Industry analysis and charts

    Following three months of strong increases in business turnover, Arts and recreation services (-10.6%) and Accommodation and food services (-6.6%) both declined as the impact of Omicron was felt across these industries.

    In contrast, monthly turnover increased for Wholesale trade (7.1%) and Mining (5.4%) as commodity prices continued to rise in January influenced by international demand and rising political tensions.

    Twelve of the thirteen industries included in the indicator recorded an increase through the year to January 2022 with Other services being the only industry to record a fall through the year (1.4%). 

    Mining

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Manufacturing

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Electricity, gas, water and waste services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Construction

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Wholesale trade

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Retail trade

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Accommodation and food services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Transport, postal and warehousing

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Information media and telecommunications

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Professional, scientific and technical services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Administrative and support services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Arts and recreation services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

    Other services

    Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

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    Business Turnover Indicator - Monthly percentage changes and indexes, January 2010 onwards