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8502.0 - Retail Trade Quarterly Indicators, Australia, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/11/2008  First Issue
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2008
Jun Qtr 08 to Sep Qtr 08
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
54 967.1
0.5
Seasonally adjusted estimates
55 037.6
0.8


Sep Qtr 2008
Jun Qtr 08 to Sep Qtr 08
$m
% change

Turnover, in volume terms
Trend estimates
53 060.9
-0.1
Seasonally adjusted estimates
53 104.0
0.1


Quarterly turnover, Current prices - Trend estimates: Trend estimates
Graph: Quarterly turnover, Current prices—Trend estimates: Trend estimates

Quarterly turnover, in volume terms - Trend estimates
Graph: Quarterly turnover, in volume terms—Trend estimates




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


CURRENT PRICES
  • The trend estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail series increased by 0.5% in the September quarter 2008. This follows increases of 0.5% in the June quarter and 0.8% in the March quarter 2008.
  • The rate of trend growth has been slowing since June quarter 2007.
  • In the September quarter 2008, all industries except Household good retailing (-0.4%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.6%) had an increase in the trend. The Food retailing (+1.2%) and Department stores (+0.8%) industries had the largest increases.
  • All States, except New South Wales (-0.8%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.3%), had an increase in the trend estimate. States with the largest increase were the Northern Territory (+2.5%), South Australia (+2.1%) and Tasmania (+2.0%).
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of turnover for the Australia retail series increased by 0.8% in the September quarter 2008. This follows increases of 0.4% in the June quarter and 0.5% in the March quarter 2008.


VOLUME MEASURES
  • The 0.5% increase in the September quarter 2008 trend estimate in current price terms resulted from a 0.1% decline in volumes and a 0.6% increase in prices.
  • The trend volume measure of turnover declined by 0.1% in both the September and June 2008 quarters following a 0.3% increase in the March quarter 2008. In seasonally adjusted terms, the volume measure increased by 0.1% in the September quarter 2008 after declining in the previous two quarters.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2008 18 February 2009



FIRST ISSUE

This is a new publication resulting from changes introduced in July 2008 to the Retail Business Survey (RBS). For more information about the changes to the RBS see the July issue of Retail Trade Trends, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0).


TIME SERIES DATA

Data available free from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication and the following additional quarterly series:
  • Retail Turnover, Current Prices, State by Industry, Original
  • Retail Turnover, Current Prices, State by Industry, Seasonally adjusted
  • Retail Turnover, Current Prices, State by Industry, Trend
  • Retail Turnover, Current Prices, Completely enumerated (large) and Sample (small), by Industry Group, Original
  • Retail Turnover, Current Prices, Completely enumerated (large) and Sample (small), by State, Original


COMPLETELY ENUMERATED SECTOR ESTIMATES

For details of a break-in-series in estimates for the completely enumerated and sample sectors between the June and September 2008 quarters, refer to Analysis Current Price Terms.


RELATIONSHIP TO MONTHLY RETAIL TURNOVER

State and Industry monthly retail turnover current price estimates are available from Retail Trade Trends, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). In original terms, the monthly series released with the September 2008 issue of 8501.0 sum to the quarterly series released in this issue. However, the monthly and quarterly series are seasonally adjusted independently of each other and therefore the resulting seasonally adjusted and trend estimates will differ.


FUTURE CHANGES

As announced by the Australian Statistician on Wednesday 4 November 2008 the full monthly Retail Trade sample will be reinstated. It is planned that data for the November 2008 month will be collected from the reinstated sample and the results included in 8501.0. The format of 8501.0 however, will not change until early 2009. Therefore, the November issue will continue to present data at the industry and state level only.

With the reinstatement of the full monthly sample, this quarterly release will not be published after the December quarter 2008 issue.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Neil Hamilton on Canberra (02) 6252 5990.


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