Trend Retail Turnover Still Stagnant In October

According to the ABS, the trend estimate for Australian retail turnover fell 0.1 per cent in October 2017 following a relatively unchanged estimate (0.0 per cent) in September 2017. Compared to October 2016 the trend estimate rose 1.8 per cent. Trend estimates smooth the statistical noise.

Food retailing rose 0.1% in trend terms, Housing good retailing fell 0.6%, Clothing and footwear fell 0.1%, Department stores rose 0.2% and cafes and food services rose 0.1%.

Looking across the states, again in trend terms, NSW and VIC both fell 0.1%, WA fell 0.3%, NT fell 0.4% and ACT fell 0.2%. SA was the only state to register a rise, of 0.1%.

Online retail turnover contributed 4.7 per cent to total retail turnover in original terms.

For the record, Australian retail turnover rose 0.5 per cent in October 2017, seasonally adjusted, and follows a 0.1 per cent rise in September 2017.

In seasonally adjusted terms, all states rose. There were rises in Victoria (1.0 per cent), New South Wales (0.3 per cent), South Australia (1.2 per cent), Western Australia (0.5 per cent), Queensland (0.1 per cent), the Northern Territory (1.7 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (0.6 per cent) and Tasmania (0.5 per cent).

Author: Martin North

Martin North is the Principal of Digital Finance Analytics

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