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5676.0 - Business Indicators, Australia, Sep 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/12/2012   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 12 to Sep Qtr 12
Sep Qtr 11 to Sep Qtr 12
%
%

Sales of goods and services (Chain volume measures)
Manufacturing
Trend
-0.2
-2.2
Seasonally Adjusted
1.3
-2.2
Wholesale trade
Trend
1.9
6.9
Seasonally Adjusted
2.0
6.3
Inventories (Chain volume measures)
Trend
0.7
3.3
Seasonally Adjusted
1.1
4.0
Company gross operating profits
Trend
-1.7
-9.8
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.9
-13.0
Wages and salaries
Seasonally Adjusted
-0.2
3.6


Inventories (volume terms), Trend estimates
Graph: Inventories (volume terms), Trend estimates

Company gross operating profits, Trend estimates
Graph: Company gross operating profits, Trend estimates




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


CHAIN VOLUME ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate for inventories rose 0.7% in the September quarter 2012. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 1.1% this quarter.
  • The trend estimate for Manufacturing sales of goods and services fell 0.2% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 1.3%.
  • The trend estimate for Wholesale trade sales of goods and services rose 1.9% this quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 2.0%.


CURRENT PRICE ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for company gross operating profits fell 2.9% in the September quarter 2012.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for wages and salaries fell 0.2% in the September quarter 2012.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2012 4 March 2013
March 2013 3 June 2013
June 2013 2 September 2013
September 2013 2 December 2013



COMPARISON BETWEEN COMPANY GROSS OPERATING PROFITS AND GROSS OPERATING SURPLUS

Valuation changes have had an impact on the value of inventories held by Australian businesses this quarter. An inventories valuation adjustment (IVA) is applied in the calculation of the gross operating surplus of private non-financial corporations (GOS) estimate in the Australian National Accounts. The IVA for the September quarter 2012 is -$1,642m which is -$2,262m lower than the June quarter 2012 IVA of $620m.

No adjustment is made to the company gross operating profits (CGOP) estimate in this publication and, as a result, users should exercise caution when comparing CGOP and GOS. It should be noted that there are other differences between the two series. In particular, changes are made to GOS when annual benchmarks are applied and slightly different seasonal factors apply to the two series. Given this, while CGOP movements are an appropriate indicator for GOS, the two series will not have equivalent seasonally adjusted movements from quarter to quarter.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
  • A feature article titled 'Business Indicators Survey - Profit Measures' which presents a summary of profit measures published in Business Indicators, Australia 5676.0 is published on the web page this quarter.
  • Each September quarter the reference and base year for chain volume estimates for the Business Indicators Survey are updated. A new base year, 2010-11, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in minor revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2010-11. Additivity is preserved in the quarters of the reference year and subsequent quarters. Re-referencing affects the level of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.
  • As happens each year, a seasonal re-analysis has been undertaken based on estimates up to and including the June quarter 2012. No significant changes have occurred in this re-analysis, resulting in only minor revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates.


INQUIRIES

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