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Retail Trade, Australia

This publication contains monthly estimates of turnover for retail establishments

Reference period
December 2019
Released
6/02/2020

Key statistics

  • The trend estimate rose 0.3%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.5%.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 2.8%, compared with Dec 2018.
  • In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.2%.

Main features

December key figures

  December 2019November 2019 to December 2019
  $m% change
Turnover at current prices  
 Trend27 836.30.3
 Seasonally Adjusted27 765.4-0.5
  December Qtr 2019September Qtr 2019 to December Qtr 2019
  $m% change
Turnover in volume terms  
 Trend80 055.00.2
 Seasonally Adjusted80 186.30.5
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December key points

Current prices

  • The trend estimate rose 0.3% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 0.3% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.3% in October 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.5% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 1.0% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.1% in October 2019.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 2.8% in December 2019 compared with December 2018.
  • The following industries rose in trend terms in December 2019: Food retailing (0.2%), Household goods retailing (0.4%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.2%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.4%), and Department stores (0.3%). Other retailing (0.0%), was relatively unchanged in trend terms in December 2019.
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in December 2019: Queensland (0.5%), Victoria (0.3%), Western Australia (0.3%), New South Wales (0.1%), Tasmania (0.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.4%), South Australia (0.1%), and the Northern Territory (0.4%).
     

Volume measures

  • In volume terms, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.2% in the December quarter 2019.
     

Changes in this issue

There are no revisions to the original estimates. Revisions to seasonally adjusted estimates are due to the concurrent methodology for deriving seasonal factors.

This issue includes updated online retail turnover estimates for the December 2019 reference month and updated per capita turnover for the December quarter 2019. The estimates are provided and explained in the appendix section of this publication. 

Bushfires in December and January

Bushfires resulted in only minor disruption to data collection activities during January 2020 in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that these disruptions to data collection did not result in any significant impact to the quality of December Retail Trade statistics. Some retail businesses reported negative impacts to retail turnover from bushfires in New South Wales in the December month, especially in Food retailing and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services. These impacts are included in the aggregate data. Further impacts to retail turnover may be expected in other states and territories in the January 2020 statistics.

Time series data

  • Data available from the Data downloads section of this issue on the ABS website include longer time series of tables in this publication:
  • Monthly retail turnover by state and 15 industry subgroups in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated and sample sectors, by six industry groups and also by state in original terms
  • Monthly retail turnover completely enumerated sector, total level in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail chain volume measures by six industry groups and also by state in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly retail turnover per capita in trend, seasonally adjusted and original terms
  • Quarterly sales to households by selected service industries in original terms
  • Quarterly measures of total retail turnover per capita.

Analysis - total retail

Total retail- monthly

The chart below shows the trend series and seasonally adjusted series to December 2019.

In current prices, the trend estimate for Australian turnover rose 0.3% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 0.3% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.3% in October 2019.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for Australian turnover fell 0.5% in December 2019. This follows a rise of 1.0% in November 2019 and a rise of 0.1% in October 2019.

The original estimate for Australian turnover rose 19.2% in December 2019. The original estimate for chains and other larger retailers rose 21.9% in December 2019. The original estimate for smaller retailers rose 12.4% in December 2019.

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Total retail - quarterly

In volume terms, the seasonally adjusted estimate for the December quarter 2019 rose 0.5%. This follows a fall of 0.1% in the September quarter 2019, and a relatively unchanged result (0.0%) in the June quarter 2019.

In the December quarter 2019 the seasonally adjusted estimate rose in volume terms for Household goods retailing (1.4%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.5%), Department stores (2.1%), and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.5%). Food retailing (-0.4%) and Other retailing (-0.6%) fell in seasonally adjusted terms in the December quarter 2019.

The Implicit Price Deflator for Australian turnover rose 0.4% in seasonally adjusted terms in the December quarter 2019.

Total retail - by state

The following states and territories rose in trend terms in December 2019: Queensland (0.5%), Victoria (0.3%), Western Australia (0.3%), New South Wales (0.1%), Tasmania (0.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (0.4%), South Australia (0.1%) and the Northern Territory (0.4%).

The following states and territories fell in seasonally adjusted terms in December 2019: New South Wales (-1.2%), Queensland (-0.5%), South Australia (-1.3%), the Northern Territory (-0.4%), and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.1%). Victoria (0.0%) and Western Australia (0.0%) were relatively unchanged, while Tasmania (1.1%) rose in seasonally adjusted terms in December 2019.

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In the December quarter 2019, the seasonally adjusted estimate rose in volume terms in the following states and territories: Queensland (1.4%), Western Australia (0.9%), Victoria (0.2%), Tasmania (2.7%), the Australian Capital Territory (1.4%), and the Northern Territory (1.4%). New South Wales (-0.1%) and South Australia (-0.3%) fell in seasonally adjusted volume terms in the December quarter 2019.

Analysis by industry

Food retailing

In current prices, the trend estimate for Food retailing rose 0.2% in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.3%. By industry subgroup, the trend estimate rose for Supermarkets and grocery stores (0.1%), Liquor retailing (0.4%), and Other specialised food retailing (0.5%). The seasonally adjusted estimate fell for Supermarkets and grocery stores (-0.1%), Liquor retailing (-1.2%), and Other specialised food retailing (-0.8%).

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Household goods retailing

In current prices, the trend estimate for Household goods retailing rose 0.4% in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.3%. By industry subgroup, the trend estimate rose for Furniture, floor coverings, houseware and textile goods retailing (0.7%) and Electrical and electronic goods retailing (0.4%), and fell for Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing (-0.1%). The seasonally adjusted estimate fell for Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing (-1.3%), and Electrical and electronic goods retailing (-0.3%), and rose for Furniture, floor coverings, houseware and textile goods retailing (1.1%).

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Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing

In current prices, the trend estimate for Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing rose 0.4% in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 1.5%. By industry subgroup, the trend estimate rose for Clothing retailing (0.6%), and fell for Footwear and other personal accessory retailing (-0.2%). The seasonally adjusted estimate fell for Footwear and other personal accessory retailing (-3.7%), and Clothing retailing (-0.4%).

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Department stores

In current prices, the trend estimate for Department stores rose 0.6% in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 5.6%.

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Other retailing

In current prices, the trend estimate for Other retailing was relatively unchanged (0.0%) in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.2%. By industry subgroup, the trend estimate rose for Pharmaceutical, cosmetic and toiletry goods retailing (0.3%) and Other recreational goods retailing (0.4%), and fell for Other retailing n.e.c (-0.2%) and Newspaper and book retailing (-1.3%). The seasonally adjusted estimate rose for Pharmaceutical, cosmetic and toiletry goods retailing (0.8%) and Other recreational goods retailing (2.0%), and fell for Other retailing n.e.c (-0.6%) and Newspaper and book retailing (-1.4%).

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Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services

In current prices, the trend estimate for Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services rose 0.2% in December 2019. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell 0.9%. By industry subgroup, the trend estimate rose for Cafes, restaurants and catering services (0.2%) and Takeaway food services (0.2%). The seasonally adjusted estimate fell for Cafes, restaurants and catering services (-1.5%), and rose for Takeaway food services (0.1%).

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Table 1. Retail turnover, by industry group

Table 2. Retail turnover, by industry group - percentage change from previous month

Table 3. Retail turnover, by state

Table 4. Retail turnover, by state - percentage change from previous month

Table 5. Quarterly retail turnover percentage change, volume and price, seasonally adjusted - by industry group

Table 6. Quarterly retail turnover percentage change, volume and price, seasonally adjusted - by state

Table 7. Quarterly retail turnover, chain volume measures - by industry group

Table 8. Quarterly retail turnover percentage change, chain volume measures - by industry group

Table 9. Quarterly retail turnover, chain volume measures - by state

Table 10. Quarterly retail turnover percentage change, chain volume measures - by state

Table 11. Retail turnover, state by industry subgroup, original

Table 12. Retail turnover, state by industry subgroup, seasonally adjusted

Table 13. Retail turnover, state by industry subgroup, trend

Table 14. Retail turnover; completely enumerated (large) and sample (small), by industry group

Table 15. Retail turnover; completely enumerated (large) and sample (small), by state

Table 16. Retail turnover, completely enumerated sector: Australia

Table 17. Quarterly consumer sales, Australia, by type of activity

Table18. Quarterly consumer sales, Australia, by type of activity - percentage change from previous quarter

Table 19. Quarterly retail turnover per capita, Australia, all series

Table 20. Quarterly retail turnover per capita, Australia, all series - percentage change from previous quarter

All time series spreadsheets