Retail Turnover Up 0.2 % September 2019

Retail Turnover Up 0.2 % September 2019

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Retail Turnover Rises 0.2 % In September

Victor P Taffa

Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 % in September 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.

This follows a 0.4 % rise in August 2019.

“There was a mix of results at the industry level this month.” Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys Ben James said.

Rises were seen in:

  • Other retailing (0.8 %),
  • Cafes, restaurants and takeaway services (0.6 %),
  • Food retailing (0.1 %).

Rises were slightly offset by a fall in:

  • Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.5 %),
  • Department stores (-0.2 %).

Household goods (0.0 %) was relatively unchanged.

In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in:

  • New South Wales (0.3 %),
  • Western Australia (0.7 %),
  • Tasmania (1.0 %),
  • South Australia (0.2 %),
  • Australian Capital Territory (0.1 %),
  • Northern Territory (0.1 %).

Victoria (0.0 %) was relatively unchanged.

Queensland (-0.1 %) fell in seasonally adjusted terms.

Trend estimate, for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 % in September 2019, following a rise of 0.2 % in August 2019. Compared to September 2018, the trend estimate rose 2.4 %.

Online retail turnover contributed 6.3 % to total retail turnover in original terms in September 2019. In September 2018 online retail turnover contributed 5.6 % to total retail.

Quarterly Volumes Fall 0.1 %

For the September quarter 2019, there was a fall of 0.1 % in seasonally adjusted volume terms. This follows a rise of 0.1 % in the June quarter 2019.

Quarterly fall in volumes was led by:

  • Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-1.0 %),
  • Department stores (-0.1 %).

Food retailing (0.0 %) was relatively unchanged.

In seasonally adjusted volume terms, there were rises in:

  • Household goods (0.9 %),
  • Other retailing (0.3 %),
  • Clothing, footwear and personal accessories retailing (0.3 %).