Australian Bureau Of Statistics
Retail Turnover Rises 0.4 % In August
Victor P Taffa
Australian retail turnover rose 0.4 % in August 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.
This follows a relatively unchanged result (0.0 %) in July 2019.
“Food retailing (0.4 %) led the rises.” Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys Ben James said.
There were also rises in:
- Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.8 %),
- Department stores (1.1 %),
- Household goods retailing (0.3 %),
- Other retailing (0.3 %).
Rises were partly offset by a fall in cafes, restaurants and takeaway services (-0.3 %).
In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in:
- Queensland (0.8 %),
- New South Wales (0.3 %),
- Victoria (0.3 %),
- South Australia (0.6 %),
- Australian Capital Territory (1.9 %),
- Tasmania (0.2 %).
There were minor falls in:
- Western Australia (-0.1 %),
- Northern Territory (-0.1 %).
Trend estimates for Australian retail turnover rose 0.1 % in August 2019, following a 0.2 % rise in July 2019. Compared to August 2018, the trend estimate rose 2.3 %.
Online retail turnover contributed 6.2 % to total retail turnover in original terms in August 2019. In August 2018, online retail turnover contributed 5.6 % to total retail.