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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Aug 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/10/2010   
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Aug 10
Jul 10 to Aug 10
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
20 464.1
Seasonally adjusted estimates
20 464.2

Monthly Turnover, Current prices - Trend estimate
Graph: Monthly turnover_current prices_trend_% change



  • The trend estimate rose 0.5% in August 2010. This follows a rise of 0.5% in July 2010 and a rise of 0.5% in June 2010.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.3% in August 2010. This follows a rise of 0.7% in July 2010 and a rise of 0.4% in June 2010.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.9% in August 2010 compared with August 2009.
  • All retail industries rose in trend terms in August 2010: Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1.6%), Other retailing (0.8%), Food retailing (0.3%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.2%), Department stores (0.2%) and Household goods retailing (0.1%).
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in August 2010: Victoria (0.8%), New South Wales (0.7%), Queensland (0.4%) and South Australia (0.1%). Western Australia (0.0%) and the Australian Capital Territory (0.0%) remained unchanged. Tasmania (-0.4%) and the Northern Territory (-0.1%) fell in August 2010.



ISSUE Release Date
September 2010 4 November 2010
October 2010 2 December 2010
November 2010 10 January 2011
December 2010 7 February 2011
January 2011 1 March 2011
February 2011 31 March 2011


Detailed industry analysis has been included in the commentary of this publication. See pages 6 - 7.


Revisions have been applied to the July 2010 original estimates, the most significant of which is for the Supermarkets and grocery stores industry subgroup in Queensland and Western Australia. By consequence, higher level industry, state and Australia original aggregates have also been revised. These revisions are a result of updated information received from survey respondents. In addition, the seasonally adjusted estimates have also been updated as they are produced by the concurrent seasonal adjusted method which takes account of the latest available original estimates, and the trend estimates are derived by applying a 13-term Henderson moving average to the seasonally adjusted monthly series.


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 Katlean Pussell on Sydney (02) 9268 4568.

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