Australian Bureau Of Statistics
Retail Turnover Rose 0.3 % In August
Victor P Taffa
Australian retail turnover rose 0.3 % in August 2018, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.
This follows a relatively unchanged estimate (0.0 %) in July 2018.
“There were rises in 5 of the 6 industries.” Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys Ben James said.
Rises were seen in:
- Department stores (0.9 %),
- Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.8 %),
- Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.7 %),
- Other retailing (0.4 %),
- Household goods retailing (0.2 %).
Food retailing was relatively unchanged (0.0 %).
In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in
- South Australia (0.8%),
- Tasmania (0.6%),
- New South Wales (0.5%),
- Australian Capital Territory (0.2%),
- Victoria (0.2%),
- Queensland (0.1%).
Western Australia was relatively unchanged (0.0%),
There was a fall in the Northern Territory (-1.3%).
Trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 % in August 2018, following a 0.3 % rise in July 2018. Compared to August 2017, the trend estimate rose 3.4 %.
Online retail turnover contributed 5.6 % to total retail turnover in original terms in August 2018, a rise from 5.5 % in July 2018. In August 2017 online retail turnover contributed 4.6 % to total retail.