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Implementing ANZSIC 2006 in the Retail Trade Survey: Revised

Implementing ANZSIC 2006 in the Retail Trade Survey: Revised provides additional detail on the use of a new industrial classification for an important Statistics New Zealand economic survey.

In December 2010, for the first time, results from the Retail Trade Survey (RTS) were published using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06). Previous releases of the RTS used ANZSIC 1996.

This paper accompanies backcast estimates of the RTS results from May 1995–September 2010, using ANZSIC06. Backcasting is the process of presenting a statistical series in terms of an updated industrial classification and is done to ensure continuity of the series.

This paper also discusses the major changes to the industrial groupings resulting from the use of ANZSIC06, and how these changes affect the RTS. In addition, the process taken to implement the new classification is summarised.

Tables showing the contributions of ANZSIC96 retail industries to the ANZSIC06 industries are included.

Statistics NZ welcomes comments about this paper. It was originally released to support the monthly RTS results in December 2010 and quarterly RTS results on 14 February 2011, and to better inform users of the differences between ANZSIC96 and ANZSIC06.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

Revisions to this paper on 8 February 2011 include:

  • An expanded discussion of constant price backcasting methodology (see page 16)
  • Backcast estimates for the following ANZSIC06-based retail trade series (in the attached Excel file):
    • Sales by industry in constant prices
    • Stocks by industry in constant prices
    • Sales per head of population, in current and constant prices
    • Deflators by industry.

Published December 2010 
ISBN 978-0-478-35393-8 (online)

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