January key figures
|January 2020||December 2019 to January 2020|
|Turnover at current prices|
|Seasonally Adjusted||27 632.0||-0.3|
January key points
- The trend estimate rose 0.1% in January 2020. This follows a rise of 0.1% in December 2019, and a rise of 0.2% in November 2019.
- The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.3% in January 2020. This follows a fall of 0.7% in December 2019, and a rise of 1.0% in November 2019.
- In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 2.3% in January 2020 compared with January 2019.
- The following industries rose in trend terms in January 2020: Food retailing (0.2%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.1%), and Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.1%). Household goods retailing (0.0%), and Other retailing (0.0%) were relatively unchanged. Department stores (-0.3%) fell in trend terms in January 2020.
- The following states and territories rose in trend terms in January 2020: Queensland (0.3%), Victoria (0.2%), Tasmania (0.7%), and the Northern Territory (0.1%). South Australia (0.0%), and Western Australia (0.0%) were relatively unchanged. New South Wales (-0.1%), and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.2%) fell in trend terms in January 2020.
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 January 2020 reference month and updated consumer sales estimates for the December 2019 quarter. The estimates are provided and explained in the appendix section of this publication. As part of the ongoing development of the Survey of Consumer sales, changes have been adopted for the Energy retailing series. This change has resulted in changes to historical data.
Bushfires in January
There was no impact from bushfires on the data collection activities or data quality for this release. Some retail businesses in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory especially reported negative impacts to retail turnover from bushfires and associated smoke haze. Impacts were apparent in all industries and are included in the aggregate data.
Corona virus (COVID 19) in January
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 Australia Government has placed travel restrictions on those travelling to Australia from mainland China.
Whilst some individual retail businesses reported reduced customer numbers attributed to COVID-19 there was no apparent impact on any of the aggregate level data included in this release. It is expected that COVID-19 will impact aggregate retail trade estimates in coming months.
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.