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8504.0 - Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers, Mar 2004  
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MARCH KEY FIGURES


% change
% change
TREND ESTIMATES
March 2004
February 2004 to
March 2003 to
’000 L
March 2004
March 2004

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
35,367
0.9
4.9
White table wine sales
17,758
1.0
5.0
Red and rosé table wine sales
12,398
0.3
2.9

% change
% change
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
March 2004
February 2004 to
March 2003 to
’000 L
March 2004
March 2004

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
36,324
2.0
9.7
White table wine sales
18,090
1.8
10.0
Red and rosé table wine sales
12,631
0.8
7.1

Graph - Australian Produced Wine, Domestic Sales


MARCH KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine was 35.4 million litres in March 2004, an increase of 0.9% on February 2004 and 4.9% on March 2003.
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of white table wine increased 1.0% on February 2004 and 5.0% on March 2003.
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of red and rosé table wine increased 0.3% on February 2004 and 2.9% on March 2003.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine was 36.3 million litres in March 2004, an increase of 2.0% on February 2004 and 9.7% on March 2003.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of white table wine increased 1.8% on February 2004 and 10.0% on March 2003.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of red and rosé table wine increased 0.8% on February 2004 and 7.1% on March 2003.


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, 35.5 million litres of Australian produced wine was sold domestically by winemakers in March 2004, an increase of 20.2% on February 2004 and 18.4% on March 2003.
  • Exports of Australian produced wine increased 6.4% over February 2004 to 52.1 million litres. Australia exported 559.3 million litres with a value of $2.4 billion in the twelve months ending March 2004, an increase of 12.3% in volume, but a decrease of 0.7% in value over the corresponding period to March 2003.


NOTES


ABOUT THIS ISSUE

The ABS is planning extensive changes to the format and content of this publication from the April 2004 issue. A copy of the proposed publication will soon be available on the ABS website. (see www.abs.gov.au and press the Publication icon, then go to 8504.0).


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue contains revisions to domestic sales from July 2003 to February 2004 due to an update in the number of winemaking enterprises that are within the scope of the 'Sales of Australian Wine by Winemakers' collection. For more information, users should refer to paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Explanatory Notes.


DOMESTIC AUSTRALIAN TABLE WINE SALES: Trend


TABLE WINE, GLASS CONTAINER < 2 LITRES

The trend series for sales of white table wine in glass containers of less than 2 litres increased 1.5% on February 2004 and 4.1% on March 2003. The trend series for red and rosé wine sales in glass containers of less than 2 litres increased 1.0% on February 2004 and 4.6% on March 2003.

Graph: Table Wine, Glass Container < 2 Litres



TABLE WINE, SOFT PACK CONTAINERS

The trend series for domestic sales of white table wine in soft packs increased 0.6% on February 2004 and 3.5% on March 2003. The trend series for red and rosé wine in soft packs decreased 0.8% on February 2004 and 1.6% on March 2003.

Graph: Table Wine, Soft Pack Containers



TOTAL WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE

The trend series for total sales of white table wine increased 1.0% on February 2004 and 5.0% on March 2003. The trend series for total red and rosé wine increased 0.3% on February 2004 and 2.9% on March 2003.
Graph: Total White and Red/Rosé Table Wine


EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE AND IMPORTS

EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE

In original terms, 52.1 million litres of Australian produced wine valued at $219.4 million were exported in March 2004, an increase of 6.4% in quantity and 10.6% in value on February 2004. The average value of Australian wine exported in March 2004 was $4.21 per litre, down from $4.23 per litre in March 2003.

Graph - Exports of Australian Produced Wine



WINE IMPORTS CLEARED FOR HOME CONSUMPTION

In original terms, 2.6 million litres of wine were imported, an increase of 154.1% in quantity and 57.4% in value on February 2004. The average value of wine cleared for home consumption in March 2004 was $4.57 per litre, down from $8.44 per litre in March 2003.

Graph - Wine Imports Cleared for Home Consumption



DISPOSALS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE AND WINE AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION IN AUSTRALIA

The original data for the December quarter 2003 shows that wine available for consumption in Australia increased 1.1% on the same quarter in 2002. Domestic sales of Australian wine increased 2.7%, but wine imports decreased 25.1%. Total disposals of Australian produced wine increased by 2.3% on the same quarter in 2002 with exports also increasing by 1.9%.


A
B
A + B
C
A + C
Domestic sales
Wine imports
Wine
Exports of
Total disposals
of Australian
cleared for
available
Australian
of Australian
produced
home
for
produced
produced
wine
consumption
consumption
wine
wine
Period
’000 L
’000 L
’000 L
’000 L
’000 L

2000-2001
384,847
12,773
397,620
338,289
723,136
2001-2002
386,232
14,479
400,711
418,390
804,622
2002-2003
402,479
17,112
419,591
518,595
921,074
Dec Qtr 2002
118,328
7,113
125,441
130,247
248,575
Dec Qtr 2003
121,469
5,325
126,794
132,772
254,241



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