Retail turnover falls 0.6% in May 2011 (Media Release)
4 July, 2011
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
Retail turnover falls 0.6% in May 2011
The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover fell 0.6% in May 2011, seasonally adjusted, following a rise of 1.2% the previous month.
Turnover fell in Other retailing (-1.6%), Food retailing (-0.4%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.8%), Department stores (-1.4%) and Household goods retailing (-0.2%). Turnover rose in Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.4%).
The fall in Australian retail turnover was driven by New South Wales (-1.2%) and Victoria (-1.1%). Turnover also fell in South Australia (-0.7%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.6%) and Tasmania (-0.2%). Queensland (0.0%) was relatively unchanged. Turnover rose in Western Australia (0.8%) and the Northern Territory (0.1%).
Trend turnover rose 0.3% in May 2011. This follows a rise of 0.3% in April 2011 and a rise of 0.3% in March 2011. Trend turnover rose 2.4% in May 2011 compared with May 2010.
More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available inRetail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).
Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
For a detailed definition of Other retailing in terms of its ANZSIC 2006 classes, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes.
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