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8504.0 - Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers, May 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/07/2006   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 2006
Apr 2006 to May 2006
May 2005 to May 2006
'000 L
% change
% change

Trend estimates

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
35 958
0.1
-1.0
White table wine sales
17 961
0.6
1.8
Red and rosé table wine sales
12 509
-0.5
-5.8

Seasonally Adjusted

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
35 392
-2.5
-7.5
White table wine sales
17 904
-0.2
-3.7
Red and rosé table wine sales
12 446
-1.0
-12.2

Australian produced wine, Domestic sales
Graph: Australian produced wine, Domestic sales, Seasonally adjusted and Trend

Australian produced wine, Exports - Original
Graph: Australian produced wine, Exports, Original



MAY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine increased 0.1% in May 2006.
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of white table wine increased for the sixth consecutive month, up 0.6% in May 2006. The trend for red and rosé table wine decreased for the thirteenth consecutive month, down 0.5% in May 2006.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine was 35.4 million litres in May 2006, a decrease of 2.5% on April 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of white table wine decreased 0.2% on April 2006, while red and rosé table wine decreased 1.0%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for other wines declined 12.8% on April 2006 and was a significant contributor to the overall decline in domestic wine sales.


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, 35.9 million litres of Australian produced wine were sold domestically by winemakers in May 2006 an increase of 5.6% on April 2006, but a decreased 5.4% on May 2005.
  • Exports of Australian produced wine increased 6.1% on April 2006 to 66.9 million litres in May 2006. Australia exported 716.1 million litres with a value of $2.7 billion in the twelve months ending May 2006, an increase of 7.8% in volume and 1.0% in value over the corresponding period to May 2005.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2006 11 August 2006
July 2006 8 September 2006
August 2006 4 October 2006
September 2006 6 November 2006
October 2006 4 December 2006
November 2006 10 January 2007



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

As previously advised in the April issue, the June and July 2006 publications have been changed to a later date due to delays in the release of wine import and export data.



DATA NOTES

There are no data notes in this issue.



ROUNDING

Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.



INQUIRIES

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DOMESTIC AUSTRALIAN TABLE WINE SALES TREND


TOTAL WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE

The trend for total sales of white table wine is showing small rises over the past six months. In contrast, the trend for total red and rosé wine sales has been in decline for the past 13 months.

TOTAL WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE: Trend
Graph: Total White and Red and Rosé Table wine, Trend




TABLE WINE, GLASS CONTAINER LESS THAN 2 LITRES

The trend estimate for sales of white table wine in glass containers of less than 2 litres increased 1.2% on April 2006, the fourth consecutive month of increase. The trend estimate for red and rosé wine sales in glass containers of less than 2 litres decreased 0.8% on April 2006, continuing the decline that commenced in August 2005.

TABLE WINE, Glass container less than 2 litres: Trend
Graph: Table wine, Glass container less than 2 litres, Trend




TABLE WINE, SOFT PACK CONTAINERS

The trend estimate for domestic sales of white table wine in soft packs has remained virtually unchanged for the past four years. The trend estimate for red and rosé wine in soft packs has fallen for the past four months.

TABLE WINE, Soft pack containers: Trend
Graph: Table wine, Soft pack containers, Trend




EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE


ANNUAL EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE

The graph below shows that there has been steady growth in the quantity of exports of Australian produced wine over the last fifteen years. In 1989-90, 38.1 million litres of wine were exported. Exports gradually grew over the next three years to reach over 100 million litres in 1992-93. By 1998-99 exports had reached 200.9 million litres. Since then there has been rapid growth with 284.9 million litres of wine exported in 1999-2000, a 41.8% rise on 1998-99. Over the following three years there were rises of 18.7%, 23.7% and 24.0% respectively. Wine exports continued to rise in 2003-04 reaching 584.3 million litres, a 12.7% increase on 2002-03. In 2004-05 exports totalled 669.7 million litres, an increase of 14.6% on 2003-04.

Exports of Australian produced wine, Annual totals: Original
Graph: Exports of Australian produced wine, Annual Totals, Original




EXPORTS OF WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE

In original terms, 66.9 million litres of Australian produced wine were exported in May 2006, an increase of 6.1% on April 2006 and 17.6% on May 2005. In May 2006, 23.3 million litres of Australian produced white table wine were exported, an increase of 20.4% on April 2006 and 16.1% on May 2005. Australia exported 42.3 million litres of Australian produced red and rosé table wine in May 2006, a decrease of 0.4% on April 2006, but an increase of 17.7% on May 2005.

EXPORTS OF TABLE WINE BY TYPE: Original
Graph: Exports of Table wine by Type, Original




UNIT VALUE OF WINE EXPORTS

In original terms, 66.9 million litres of wine valued at $229.5m were exported in May 2006, an increase of 6.1% in quantity and 4.0% in value on April 2006. The average value of Australian wine exported in May 2006 was $3.43 per litre, down from $3.90 per litre in May 2005 and $3.50 per litre in April 2006.

UNIT VALUE OF WINE EXPORTS: Original
Graph: Unit Value of Wine Exports, Original




DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ABS AND AWBC WINE EXPORT FIGURES

The value of wine exports reported in this publication is derived by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from customs export records and the ABS converts the value on the day of shipment, at the daily conversion rate (see paragraph 10 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail). The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) also report the value of exports and the exporter makes the conversion when submitting wine for export approval. With the AWBC method, it is expected that some of the conversions will occur at hedged rates. This does not occur with the ABS method. For May, the value reported by the ABS was $229.5m, while the AWBC value was $236.3m. When the Australian exchange rate is moving significantly the alternative methods will result in diverging valuations.



IMPORTS AND DISPOSALS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE


WINE IMPORTS CLEARED FOR HOME CONSUMPTION

In original terms, 1.7 million litres of wine, valued at $15.8 million were imported in May 2006, an increase of 8.8% in quantity and 7.3% in value on April 2006. The average value of wine imports cleared for home consumption in May 2006 was $9.45 per litre, up from $8.30 per litre in May 2005.

WINE IMPORTS CLEARED: Original
Graph: Wine Imports Cleared, Original




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

The original data for the March quarter 2006 shows that wine available for consumption in Australia increased 1.7% on the same quarter in 2005. Domestic sales of Australian wine increased 0.8%, and wine imports increased 19.0%. Total disposals of Australian produced wine increased by 4.3% on the same quarter in 2005 with exports increasing by 6.4%.

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

2002-03
402 479
17 112
419 591
518 595
921 074
2003-04
417 378
18 737
436 115
584 319
1 001 697
2004-05
430 131
22 139
452 270
669 720
1 099 851
Mar Qtr 2005
87 766
4 609
92 375
148 361
236 127
Mar Qtr 2006
88 464
5 485
93 949
r157 894
r246 358

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