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Retail Trade is a key and timely indicator measuring changes in the Australian economy. The series, which includes one selected service industry, is an important component of household final consumption expenditure in the National Accounts. The Retail Trade publication (cat.no. 8501.0) presents monthly estimates of the value of turnover of retail businesses classified by industry, and by state and territory in original, seasonally adjusted and trend terms.

The industries included in the survey are as defined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). Industry statistics in this publication are presented at two levels of detail:
  • Industry group - the broadest industry level comprising 6 industry groups. This level is used to present monthly current price and quarterly chain volume measure estimates in this publication.
  • Industry subgroup - the most detailed industry level comprising 15 industry subgroups. This level is used to present monthly current price estimates in time series spreadsheets.

Retailers, industry associations, economists, governments and media use these statistics to analyse current consumer spending behaviour and, in conjunction with other economic indicators, to help assess current Australian economic performance.



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