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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Mar 2015  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/05/2015   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

March 2015
February 2015 to March 2015
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend
24 087.9
0.3
Seasonally Adjusted
24 126.4
0.3


March Qtr 2015
December Qtr 2014 to March Qtr 2015
$m
% change

Turnover in volume terms
Trend
69 783.4
0.7
Seasonally Adjusted
69 788.9
0.7


Monthly Turnover, Current Prices - Trend Estimate
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Current Prices, Trend Estimate

Quarterly Turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimate
Graph: Quarterly Turnover in volume terms, Trend Estimate




MARCH KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • The trend estimate rose 0.3% in March 2015. This follows a rise of 0.4% in February 2015 and a rise of 0.4% in January 2015.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.3% in March 2015. This follows a rise of 0.7% in February 2015 and a rise of 0.5% in January 2015.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 4.3% in March 2015 compared with March 2014.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in March 2015: Food retailing (0.2%), Household goods retailing (0.5%), Other retailing (0.5%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.8%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.2%) and Department stores (0.1%).
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in March 2015: Queensland (0.6%), Victoria (0.3%), New South Wales (0.2%), Western Australia (0.2%), South Australia (0.4%) and Tasmania (0.6%). The Northern Territory (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. The Australian Capital Territory (-0.1%) fell in trend terms in March 2015.


VOLUME MEASURES
  • In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.7% in the March quarter 2015.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2015 4 June 2015
May 2015 3 July 2015
June 2015 4 August 2015
July 2015 3 September 2015
August 2015 2 October 2015
September 2015 4 November 2015



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue includes updated quarterly measures of total retail turnover per capita. The full time series is available from the Downloads tab of this publication on the ABS website.

Updated online retail turnover estimates for the March 2015 reference month are provided and explained within the appendix section of this publication.

Trend break corrections have been applied to the September 2014 and December 2014 quarterly estimates of Electrical and electronic goods retailing consistent with the treatment applied to the monthly series.


REVISIONS

A revision has been applied in this issue to the quarterly original estimates for Food retailing in December 2014. This is consistent with the revision applied to the monthly original estimates for that series in the January 2015 publication.

Revisions to quarterly seasonally adjusted estimates are due revisions to the original estimates as well as the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors. Revisions to the quarterly trend estimates are also due to the inclusion of the above trend break corrections and other series corrections previously applied in the monthly series.

For information on seasonal adjustment and trend estimation please refer to the explanatory notes of this publication.


TIME SERIES DATA

Data available from the Downloads tab 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.


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