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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Apr 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/06/2009   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr 09
Mar 09 to Apr 09
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
na
na
Seasonally adjusted estimates
19 351.4
0.3

na not available

Monthly Turnover, Seasonally adjusted - % change
Graph: Monthly turnover_current prices_seasonally adjusted_% change



APRIL KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Government's stimulus packages and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.


AUSTRALIA
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 0.3% in April 2009. This follows an increase of 2.2% in March 2009 and a decrease of 2.0% in February 2009.
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 0.8% in April 2009 compared with March 2009. There was no percentage change for Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated), while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 2.3%. Australian turnover increased by 7.2% in April 2009 compared with April 2008. Chains and other large retailers increased by 10.4%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers increased by 2.0%.


INDUSTRIES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, industries that had an increase in April 2009 were - Clothing and soft good retailing (+0.8%), Household good retailing (+3.9%) and Other retailing (+0.1%), while the Food retailing (-0.2%), Department stores (-2.8%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.5%) industries had a decrease.


STATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the following states had an increase in retail turnover in April 2009 - New South Wales (+1.3%), Queensland (+0.8%), Tasmania (+0.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+0.9%). Victoria was virtually unchanged, while South Australia (-0.1%), Western Australia (-2.4%) and the Northern Territory (-4.6%) all decreased in April 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2009 1 July 2009
June 2009 3 August 2009
July 2009 9 September 2009
August 2009 30 September 2009
September 2009 4 November 2009
October 2009 3 December 2009



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

From this issue the completely enumerated sector total level seasonally adjusted series is estimated using forward seasonal factors based on data to the June 2008 reference month. This series is available from the Downloads tab 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, quarterly chain volume measures and the following additional current price monthly series:
  • Retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by six industry groups in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sector, by state in original terms
  • Retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms.


SAMPLING ERRORS

Standard errors for the Australian estimates (original data) for April 2009 contained in this publication are:

Data Series
Estimate
Standard error

Level of retail turnover ($m)
18 510.5
137.6
Change from preceding month ($m)
-152.7
75.6
% change from preceding month (%)
-0.8
0.4



For more information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 31-35.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.


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