Retail Trade, Australia

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Monthly and quarterly estimates of turnover and volumes for retail businesses, including store and online sales.

Reference period
June 2021

Key statistics

The June 2021 seasonally adjusted estimate: 

  • Fell 1.8% month-on-month.
  • This follows the 1.8% fall published in the Preliminary Retail Trade release. 
  • Rose 2.9% compared with June 2020.
  • In volume terms, the seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.8% in the June quarter 2021.

Upcoming changes to Retail Trade, Australia

The Retail Trade, Australia publication will be moving to a new release schedule to better accommodate data users’ needs following the discontinuation of Retail Trade, Australia, Preliminary.

To understand more about any changes to the future release schedule, as well as changes in this issue, suspension of trend estimates, and COVID-19 in June 2021, please read the survey impacts and changes.

Turnover at current prices
Jun-2021 ($m)May-2021 to Jun-2021 (% change)Jun-2020 to Jun-2021 (% change)
Seasonally Adjusted30,590.5-1.82.9

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Turnover in volume terms
June Qtr 2021 ($m)March Qtr 2021 to June Qtr 2021 (% change)June Qtr 2020 to June Qtr 2021 (% change)
Seasonally Adjusted87,

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Total retail turnover

Analysis by industry

Food retailing

Food retailing rose 1.5% ($192.6m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.                      

By industry subgroup, the seasonally adjusted estimate:                              

  • rose 1.5% ($152.9m) for Supermarket and grocery stores.                           
  • rose 2.7% ($23.4m) for Other specialised food retailing.                              
  • rose 1.3% ($16.3m) for Liquor retailing.

Household goods retailing

Household goods retailing fell 1.3% (-$74.3m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.

By industry subgroup, the seasonally adjusted estimate:                              

  • fell 3.1% (-$46.4m) for Furniture, floor coverings, houseware and textile goods retailing.                     
  • fell 2.0% (-$41.5m) for Electrical and electronic goods retailing.                 
  • rose 0.7% ($13.6m) for Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing.

Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing

Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing fell 9.5% (-$240.8m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.

By industry subgroup, the seasonally adjusted estimate:                              

  • fell 11.1% (-$191.6m) for Clothing retailing.                   
  • fell 6.1% (-$49.3m) for Footwear and other personal accessory retailing.  

Department stores

Department stores fell 7.0% (-$118.6m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.

Other retailing

Other retailing fell 1.6% (-$76.0m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.                       

By industry subgroup, the seasonally adjusted estimate:                              

  • fell 4.3% (-$76.5m) for Pharmaceutical, cosmetic and toiletry goods retailing.                         
  • fell 7.7% (-$16.6m) for Newspaper and book retailing.
  • rose 0.7% ($14.8m) for Other retailing n.e.c..                 
  • rose 0.4% ($2.2m) for Other recreational goods retailing.      

Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services

Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services fell 6.0% (-$250.7m) in June, in seasonally adjusted terms.          

By industry subgroup, the seasonally adjusted estimate:                              

  • fell 8.0% (-$186.2m) for Cafes, restaurants and catering services.                               
  • fell 3.5% (-$64.5m) for Takeaway food services.             

Original estimates for chains and larger retailers, and smaller retailers

  • The original estimate for chains and other larger retailers fell 1.4% in June 2021.
  • The original estimate for smaller retailers fell 5.4% in June 2021.

Data downloads

Time series spreadsheets

Data files

Survey impacts and changes

Upcoming changes to the Retail Trade, Australia release schedule

The ABS has ceased the publication of Retail Trade, Australia, Preliminary (8501.0.55.008).  From next month, Retail Trade, Australia (8501.0) will move to a new release schedule to better accommodate data users’ needs.

For the July 2021 reference period onwards, key statistics from Retail Trade, Australia will be released 20 working days following the end of the reference period, with the full suite of statistics to be made available in an “Additional Information” release four business days later. 

This replaces the current release schedule where all time series spreadsheets are released approximately 24 working days following the end of the reference period.

The following highlights the timing and availability of time series spreadsheets from the July 2021 reference period onwards:

Table title
Main Release (i.e. key statistics)20 working days following the end of the reference period1 - 4 Monthly National Turnover
   Monthly Industry Turnover
   Monthly State Turnover
Additional Tables4 working days following the main release5 - 23Monthly State by Industry Turnover
   Monthly Sub-Industry Turnover
   Monthly State by Sub-Industry Turnover
   Quarterly Volumes and other quarterly statistics
   Online Sales


Under the new release schedule there will be no change to the availability of data for this publication.  Time series spreadsheet numbering and names, as well as Series IDs remain the same as previously published.

Both releases will be based on the same source data, with no additional data collection activity occurring between these times.

The ABS will continue to quality assure data between the release of the key statistics and the additional tables, with revisions to the key statistics anticipated to be rare.

Dates for future releases are available under ‘Future releases’ from the top of this page. There are two advertised dates for each reference period. The earliest date refers to the release of Tables 1 through to 4. The later date indicates when the additional tables (5 through to 23) will be made available.

Changes in this issue

There are no revisions to the original estimates.

This issue includes updated online retail turnover estimates for the June 2021 reference month, as well as updated turnover per capita data for the June quarter 2021. These can be found in the Data Downloads section of this publication. 

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 the Coronavirus pandemic. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for irregular events, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying retail activity.

The retail trend series was therefore suspended from February 2020, and now published only to June 2019. The trend series will be reinstated when more certainty emerges in the underlying trend in retail.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in June

The World Health Organisation identified COVID-19 as an international health emergency on 30 January 2020.

In March 2020, nationwide regulations were introduced to encourage physical distancing which impacted the ability of businesses to trade as normal. Movement across state borders were also restricted.

Following May 2020, regulations have been implemented on a local basis in response to increased case numbers.

In March 2021, the Greater Brisbane region in Queensland saw restrictions reintroduced on 29 March, which continued until the end of the month and ended on 1 April.

In April 2021,  Perth and some regional areas of Western Australia saw restrictions from 24 April through to 26 April inclusive.

In May 2021, Victoria was under lockdown restrictions from 28 May which remained in place until June.

In June 2021, there were restrictions across multiple states and territories, including:

  • Victoria - restrictions introduced in May remained in place for the first three days of June in regional Victoria, and the first ten days of the month in Melbourne. Restrictions such as mask wearing in all public indoor settings (such as retail and workplaces), remained in place for the rest of June.
  • New South Wales - stay-at-home orders were introduced across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong from 26 June. Some Eastern Sydney local government areas saw restrictions introduced a day earlier than the rest of Greater Sydney.
  • Northern Territory - lockdown restrictions were introduced from 1pm, 27 June.  This initially applied to Darwin and surrounds, however, restrictions were expanded to Alice Springs on the last day of the month. Restrictions remained in effect until early July.
  • Western Australia - lockdown restrictions for Perth and surrounds were introduced 29 June, and remained in effect until early July.
  • Queensland - lockdown restrictions for South-East Queensland and Townsville were introduced at 6pm, 29 June, remaining in place until early July.

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8501.0.


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