Drawing on information from thousands of retail stores across the country, the Australian Retail Index is the only resource for obtaining in-depth sales statistics on a daily and weekly basis.

With a user-friendly, interactive interface, it tracks fluctuations in sales across four key categories, namely:

  • Fashion & Accessories: clothing, accessories and footwear;
  • Furniture & Homewares: general household goods, cookware, furniture & floor coverings, bedding, lighting, linen & textiles;
  • Sporting & Recreational goods: camping, sporting goods, games, hobbies; and
  • Other general retail: gifts, health & leisure goods.

The Index also provides an overall sales differential from one day to the next, which is obtained by collating all the results across categories.

It enables retailers to:

  • Track movements in sales against the industry average;
  • Benchmark sales against other businesses in the same category;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the trading cycle; and
  • Take immediate action if their business is experiencing difficulties.

The Australian Retail Index is available on computers, tablets and smart phones.


As a subscriber you will gain access to:

  • Customised daily, weekly and monthly changes in sales data
  • State-by-state, Metro and Regional drill-downs
  • Average transaction size and units per transaction
  • Payment methods – cash, credit/debit card, and voucher
  • Layby and return rates
  • Hourly sales trends
  • Custom alerts messages sent directly to your email


BDO has partnered with Retail Express to introduce the Australian Retail Index.


BDO is one of the largest full service accounting and advisory networks in Australia and globally. Our retail experts provide a wide range of financial and consulting services to a broad range of large and small retail clients, across a range of sub-sectors, throughout Australia. www.bdo.com.au/industries/retail


Retail Express is an Australian based retail software company serving thousands of mid-market retailers across Australia through www.retailexpress.com.au and the United Kingdom through www.skystreetretail.co.uk

Covering in-store and back office operations, together with integrated ecommerce, it helps retailers reduce costs, improve efficiency, grow sales and enhance customer service capabilities.

  • Point of Sale
  • Inventory Control
  • eCommerce
  • Loyalty & Marketing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Logistics & Fulfilment

Retail Express deliver easy-to-use software in the cloud, enabling all store operational information to be hosted on a single and central database – which guarantees zero polling of data, and complete control of your retail operations from anywhere, anytime.


The data – dating back to December 2012 – is obtained by collating results from Retail Express clients from around Australia and is expressed as a percentage change in retail sales from the previous week.

All data presented in the Australian Retail Index is treated using the X11 Seasonal Adjustment Methodology used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data is normalised for time zones and seasonally adjusted to ensure that all results are statistically relevant and are 'like for like'.

All information is confidential.