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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2013  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/2013   
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May 2013
April 2013 to May 2013
% change

Turnover at current prices
21 895.5
Seasonally Adjusted
21 825.1

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


  • The trend estimate rose 0.2% in May 2013. This follows a rise of 0.2% in April 2013 and a rise of 0.3% in March 2013.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.1% in May 2013. This follows a fall of 0.1% in April 2013 and a fall of 0.6% in March 2013.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 2.6% in May 2013 compared with May 2012.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in May 2013: Food retailing (0.3%), Other retailing (0.5%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.3%). Household goods retailing (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.2%) and Department stores (-0.1%) fell in trend terms in May 2013.
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in May 2013: New South Wales (0.4%), Queensland (0.3%), Western Australia (0.3%), South Australia (0.1%) and the Australian Capital Territory (0.2%). Victoria (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. Tasmania (-0.3%) and the Northern Territory (-0.2%) fell in trend terms in May 2013.



ISSUE Release Date
June 2013 5 August 2013
July 2013 3 September 2013
August 2013 1 October 2013
September 2013 4 November 2013
October 2013 3 December 2013
November 2013 9 January 2014


As happens each year, an annual seasonal reanalysis has been undertaken based on estimates up to and including April 2013. No significant changes have occurred in this reanalysis, resulting in only minor revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates.


The original estimates for the previous month in this publication are always subject to revision as survey respondents provide updated information.

This is particularly evident in this issue where the original estimate for Food retailing has been revised down in April 2013. This revision is contributing to Total Retail being revised in April 2013 from a seasonally adjusted rise of 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted fall of 0.1%.

Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are also due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.

  • Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication, the 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.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Slater on Sydney (02) 9268 4581.

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