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 %).