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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Apr 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/06/2008   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr 08
Mar 08 to Apr 08
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
20 107.1
0.0
Seasonally adjusted estimates
20 069.8
-0.2


Monthly turnover, Trend estimates - % change
Graph: Monthly turnover, Trend estimate, Percentage change



APRIL KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail and Hospitality/Services series was unchanged in April 2008 compared with March 2008. This follows a revised change in the trend estimate in March 2008 of 0.0% and a revised increase of 0.1% in February 2008.
  • In April 2008, industries that had an increase in trend estimate were Food retailing (+0.2%), Department stores (+0.2%), Clothing and soft good retailing (+0.1%) and Recreational good retailing (+0.2%).


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of turnover for the Australian Retail and Hospitality/Services series decreased by 0.2% in April 2008. This follows a revised increase of 0.2% in March 2008 and a decrease of -0.1% in February 2008.
  • Industries that had a decrease in the seasonally adjusted estimate were Food retailing (-1.1%), Recreational good retailing (-1.2%) and Other retailing (-0.7%), while Department stores (+1.9%), Clothing and soft good retailing (+2.9%) and Household good retailing (+0.4%) had an increase in the seasonally adjusted estimate.


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 1.6% in April 2008 compared with March 2008. Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated) decreased by 2.3%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers (the sampled units) decreased by 0.7%.
  • Australian turnover increased by 6.0% in April 2008 compared with April 2007. Chains and other large retailers increased by 8.3%, while 'smaller' retailers increased by 3.0% over the same period.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2008 2 July 2008
June 2008 31 July 2008
July 2008 2 September 2008
August 2008 30 September 2008
September 2008 3 November 2008
October 2008 2 December 2008



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


SAMPLING ERRORS

Standard errors for the Australian estimates (original data) for April 2008 contained in this publication are:

Data Series
Estimate
Standard error

Level of retail turnover ($m)
19 146.0
131.1
Change from preceding month ($m)
-319.4
87.6
% change from preceding month (%)
-1.6
0.5



For more information see the Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 32-36.


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