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8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, Jan 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/03/2009   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan 09
Dec 08 to Jan 09
$m
% change

Turnover at current prices
Trend estimates
np
np
Seasonally adjusted estimates
19 208.5
0.2

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

Monthly Turnover, Seasonally adjusted - % change
Graph: Monthly Turnover, Seasonally adjusted—% change



JANUARY KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Government's stimulus package and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.


AUSTRALIA
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 0.2% in January 2009. This follows increases of 3.8% in December and 0.4% in November 2008. December 2008 had the largest monthly seasonally adjusted percentage increase since August 2000 following the introduction of the GST.
  • In original terms, Australian turnover decreased by 23.0% in January 2009 compared with December 2008. Chains and other large retailers (which are completely enumerated) decreased by 24.6%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 19.8%. Australian turnover increased by 6.3% in January 2009 compared with January 2008. Chains and other large retailers increased by 10.5%, while the estimate for 'smaller' retailers decreased by 0.6%.


INDUSTRIES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the following industries had an increase in January 2009 - Food retailing (+1.5%), Clothing and soft good retailing (+0.8%), Other retailing (+0.2%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (+2.3%). The Department stores (-0.5%) and Household good retailing (-4.0%) industries had declines.


STATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the following states had an increase in January 2009 - New South Wales (+1.9%), South Australia (+0.1%), Western Australia (+1.4%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+1.5%). Victoria (-1.8%) and Tasmania (-2.9%) had the largest declines while Queensland had no change.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2009 1 April 2009
March 2009 6 May 2009
April 2009 1 June 2009
May 2009 1 July 2009
June 2009 3 August 2009
July 2009 9 September 2009



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The retail trade trend series have been suspended as at November 2008 as it is not possible to determine the trend in retail turnover through the period affected by the Government's stimulus package and other influences associated with global economic conditions. For further details refer to the December 2008 issue of this publication.

The graph under the Key figures, above, usually shows monthly percentage change in trend terms. As a result of the suspension of the trend series, the graph in this issue shows monthly percentage change in seasonally adjusted terms.


TIME SERIES DATA

Data available from the Downloads tab of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication and the following additional 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.


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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