December key figures
|December 2019||November 2019 to December 2019|
|Turnover at current prices|
|Seasonally Adjusted||27 765.4||-0.5|
|December Qtr 2019||September Qtr 2019 to December Qtr 2019|
|Turnover in volume terms|
|Seasonally Adjusted||80 186.3||0.5|
December key points
- The trend estimate rose 0.3% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 0.3% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.3% in October 2019.
- The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.5% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 1.0% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.1% in October 2019.
- In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 2.8% in December 2019 compared with December 2018.
- The following industries rose in trend terms in December 2019: Food retailing (0.2%), Household goods retailing (0.4%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.2%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.4%), and Department stores (0.3%). Other retailing (0.0%), was relatively unchanged in trend terms in December 2019.
- The following states and territories rose in trend terms in December 2019: Queensland (0.5%), Victoria (0.3%), Western Australia (0.3%), New South Wales (0.1%), Tasmania (0.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.4%), South Australia (0.1%), and the Northern Territory (0.4%).
- In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.2% in the December quarter 2019.
Changes in this issue
There are no revisions to the original estimates. Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.
This issue includes updated online retail turnover estimates for the December 2019 reference month and updated per capita turnover for the December quarter 2019. The estimates are provided and explained in the appendix section of this publication.
Bushfires in December and January
Bushfires resulted in only minor disruption to data collection activities during January 2020 in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that these disruptions to data collection did not result in any significant impact to the quality of December Retail Trade statistics. Some retail businesses reported negative impacts to retail turnover from bushfires in New South Wales in the December month, especially in Food retailing and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services. These impacts are included in the aggregate data. Further impacts to retail turnover may be expected in other states and territories in the January 2020 statistics.
Time series data
- Data available from the Data downloads section 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.