8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2010  
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July 1, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
Clothing, footwear and department store sales drive retail turnover up 0.2% in May 2010

The latest ABS figures show that retail sales rose 0.2% in May, seasonally adjusted, compared with a rise of 0.6% the previous month.

Clothing, Footwear & Other Personal Accessory Retailing (1.7%) and Department Stores (1.0%) recorded the largest increases in May followed by Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services (0.8%), Other Retailing (0.3%) and Food Retailing (0.2%). Sales fell in Household Goods Retailing (-1.4%).

New South Wales (0.9%) and Victoria (0.2%) recorded increases in sales in May. Sales decreased in the other states and territories: South Australia (-0.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.6%), the Northern Territory (-0.4%), Western Australia (-0.3%), Queensland (-0.2%), Tasmania (-0.1%).

Trend turnover grew 0.2% in May 2010. This follows a 0.2% rise in both April 2010 and March 2010.

In original terms, turnover increased 0.6% in the twelve months to May 2010.

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