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Below are a selection of Information Papers and Feature Articles which provide further information for interpreting the Retail Trade statistics.
For information on the technical background to the survey including the Scope and Coverage, Classifications and Survey Methodology, please refer to the Explanatory Notes Tab of the current edition of Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). Changes to the survey will also be detailed within the Explanatory Notes. This Tab also contains links to the Glossary of terms and guide to Abbreviations used in the material published for the Retail Business Survey.


Information Paper: A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends, 2003 (cat.no. 1349.0)
This Information Paper explains why, in ABS publications, the main features and commentaries sections concerning most time series are increasingly emphasising the trend series rather than the seasonally adjusted or original data. It also explains how these trend estimates are obtained as well as how they may be used more effectively for informed decision making. It indicates that these trend estimates are the better guide to the substantive movements in series, and are generally more suitable for most business planning decisions and policy advice.


Feature Article: When it's not Business-As-Usual": Implication for ABS Time Series
This article reviews the implications of unusual external events on ABS time series (i.e. when it's not 'business-as-usual' in the economy). It also discusses the principles and issues involved in making methodological decisions regarding the appropriate treatment of time series in these circumstances. A case study of the ABS Retail Trade time series, which has exhibited changed characteristics in the presence of the current unusual economic environment, will be used to illustrate the issues involved in maintaining a high quality seasonal adjustment.


Changes to the Dissemination of Retail Trade Statistics, January 2009 (cat.no. 8501.0.55.005)
This information paper describes changes that have been made to Retail Trade statistics following the reinstatement of a 'full' sample each month.



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