Wholesale Trade Survey: September 2012 quarter

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  07 December 2012
Media release  – 
Weak winter in wholesale trade

Key facts

For the September 2012 quarter, compared with the June 2012 quarter (on a seasonally adjusted basis): 

  • Total wholesale trade sales fell 0.3 percent ($67 million).
  • The largest fall was in basic materials wholesaling, down 3.0 percent ($141 million).
  • The largest rise was in motor vehicle and motor-vehicle parts wholesaling, up 5.5 percent ($88 million).
  • Total wholesale stocks rose 0.8 percent ($68 million).

 Graph, industry contribution to seasonally adjusted sales, change from previous quarter, September 2012 quarter.


The trend for total wholesale sales has been flat since mid-2011, after a period of strong increases that started in late 2009.

Geoff Bascand 7 December 2012
Government Statistician  ISSN 1178-038X