Australia - Real Retail Sales

Australia: Real Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT$.IAUS
Unit Mil. Ch. 2018-19 AUD, SA
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 0.76 %
Data 2021 Q2 87,049
2021 Q1 86,391

Series Information

Source Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Release Retail Trade
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 9/30/1983
End Date 6/30/2021

Australia: Consumer

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Consumer Confidence Sep 2021 100.4 100.49 Index Long term avg=100, SA Monthly
Retail Sales Aug 2021 29,275 29,778 Mil. AUD, SA Monthly
Personal Income 2021 Q2 16,788 16,486 Mil. Ch. Jul18-Jun19 AUD, SA Quarterly
Real Retail Sales 2021 Q2 87,049 86,391 Mil. Ch. 2018-19 AUD, SA Quarterly

Release Information

For Australia, estimates of the value of turnover of "retail trade" for businesses classified by industry, and by state and territory. Trend, seasonally adjusted and original estimates are included for industry groups and states and Australia in current-price terms.


  • Industry classification: ANZSIC 2006
  • Measurements:
    • Millions of Australian dollars at constant fiscal year 2019 prices (Mil. FY 2019 AUD)
    • At current prices (Mil. AUD)
  • Adjustments:
    • Trend
    • Seasonally adjusted (SA)
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequencies:
    • Monthly (current prices)
    • Quarterly (constant prices)
  • Start dates: 1982m4, 1983Q3
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country - full detail, current and constant prices
    • State/territory - total only, current prices only


  • FY 2018 prices - 1983Q3 to 2020Q2
  • 2008 prices - 1982m4 to 2008m6

Estimates of turnover are compiled from the monthly Retail Business Survey. About 500 'large' businesses are included in the survey every month, while a sample of about 2,700 'smaller' businesses is selected. The Survey is conducted monthly primarily by telephone interview although a small number of questionnaires are mailed to businesses.

The reference year is advanced each September issue and is currently 2018-19. Each year's data in the Retail chain volume series are based on the prices of the previous year, except for the quarters of the 2019-20 financial year which will initially be based upon price data for the 2017-18 financial year

Data is seasonally adjusted and subject to adjustments.