SA Snapshot


Retailers are Australia's largest employers. It is estimated that more than 50% of the adult population is currently working, or has worked at some time in their life, in the retail industry. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures there are:

  • more than 77,000 retailers in Australia,South Australia Purple map grey Background
  • operating more than 200,000 retail outlets,
  • producing more than $200 billion in annual sales, and
  • growing at more than 6% compound per year.

Australia's retail industry has evolved to become one of the country's major economic forces and its largest employer, providing a platform for entrepreneurship and innovation.

In 2006 there were 110,488 employees in the SA retail Industry, employing one in six workers in the South Australian workforce. Retail employs double the number of employees in construction and 18 times the number of employees in mining! Find out more the South Australian retail sector by investigating the following links.

SA retail industry employment by age
SA retail industry employment by occupation
SA retail industry sectors by gender
SA retail industry employment by region
Number of SA retail industry employees by sector