Australian Bureau of Statistics
8501.0.55.003 - Contribution of Gambling to Retail Estimates, Jun 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/08/2006
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This quarterly article supplements information presented in the publication, Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). It presents information about the net proceeds received from licensed gambling activities undertaken by businesses classified to 'Hotels and licensed clubs'. Gambling revenue from businesses classified to 'Casinos, Lotteries or Gambling Services n.e.c.' is not included as these businesses are not in the scope of the Retail Trade survey. Commissions from Lotto and lottery tickets sold in the Newspaper, Book and Stationery retailing industry are also excluded as they are not separately reported in the survey.
Gambling net proceeds in Hotels and Licensed clubs includes:
The three components of turnover have primarily been used to assist Hotels and Licensed Clubs to correctly report total turnover. As such, they are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as the estimates of total turnover.
Graph 2 compares the growth rates of Gambling, Total retail and Total retail adjusted to exclude gambling. This shows that Total retail and Total retail excluding gambling generally grow at a similar rate. This reflects the low contribution of gambling to Total retail indicated in Table 1.
2. PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN QUARTERLY TURNOVER, Seasonally Adjusted
It can be seen from Table 3 that, for each quarter, the rate of growth can vary between the Gambling, Hotels and licensed clubs and Total retail series. In the June quarter 2006, net proceeds from gambling in Hotels and licensed clubs was $1789.6 million. Over the period from June quarter 2005 to June quarter 2006, the Total retail series grew by 6.0%, Hotels and licensed clubs grew by 4.1% and Gambling fell by 5.3%.
From Table 4 it can be seen that in June quarter 2006, gambling as a proportion of state turnover is highest in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory and lowest in Western Australia and Tasmania. This needs to be considered in the context of the varying state restrictions on gaming machines. The low contribution of net proceeds from gambling in Western Australia reflects poker machines in that state being restricted only to casinos; and Hotels and licensed clubs in Victoria and Tasmania only receiving a commission or venue share for poker machines located on their premises.
Standard errors for the level estimate for gambling for Australia (original data) are shown below. The estimated relative standard errors (RSE) for the states vary. The only states where gambling estimates have an RSE below 10% are New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Estimates for the other states have an RSE between 10% and 28% and should be used with caution. The standard error associated with the seasonally adjusted series is approximately the same as for the original estimates.
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