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Retail Trade Survey: December 2011 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 February 2012
Definitions

About the Retail Trade Survey

The Retail Trade Survey (RTS) is designed to provide short-term economic indicators of the retail trade sector. In addition, the data is used for compiling the retail trade sector component of quarterly national accounts (on the production side) and in compiling household consumption expenditure (on the expenditure side). The survey was last redesigned for the September 2003 quarter. For more details about the redesign refer to Retail Trade Survey – Redesign: September 2003 and the Retail Trade Survey – Survey design information paper.

More definitions

ANZSIC06: Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification – New Zealand version 2006.

ANZIND: An ANZSIC-based classification used to group industries for publication.

Business Frame: A register of all economically significant businesses operating in New Zealand. The population of the RTS is drawn from the Business Frame.

Deflators: Deflators are indexes that measure the rate of price change of goods and services sold by each RTS industry. Deflators are not calculated for the subtotal or all industries total.

Enterprise: An enterprise is a business entity operating in New Zealand, either as a legally constituted body such as a company, partnership, trust, local or central government trading organisation, or a self-employed individual.

Geographic unit: A GEO is a subdivision of an enterprise. It is a separate operating unit engaged in New Zealand in one, or predominantly one, kind of economic activity from a single physical location or base.

Per head of population: The population measure used for the RTS is the estimated residential population. It excludes short-term visitors to New Zealand.

Sales volumes expressed in September 2010 quarter prices: A constant price estimate, from which the portion of the current price sales' movement caused by price changes has been removed.

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