October 5, 2010
Embargo: 11.30am (Canberra Time)
Continued strong growth in Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food
services drives Retail Trade up 0.3% in August 2010
The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that retail sales increased 0.3% in August,
seasonally adjusted, compared with an increase of 0.7% the previous month.
Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1.5%) recorded the largest increase in
August after a strong result in July followed by Other retailing (1.4%), Household goods
retailing (0.5%) and Department stores (0.6%). Sales in Clothing, footwear and personal
accessory retailing (-1.5%) and Food retailing (-0.3%) recorded a fall in sales.
New South Wales (0.7%), Western Australia (1.1%) and Australian Capital Territory (0.7%)
recorded the largest seasonally adjusted increases in August, followed by South Australia
(0.1%) and Tasmania (0.2%). Sales in Victoria (-0.2%), Queensland (-0.1%) and Northern
Territory (-0.5%) decreased in July.
Trend turnover increased 0.5% in July 2010. This follows a 0.5% increase in both July
2010 and June 2010. In the twelve months to August 2010 trend turnover increased 3.9%
Further information is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0)
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