Retail Trade

In 2016, 2153 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Retail Trade sector provided 20,380 jobs. The sector has total output worth $3.85 Billion and contributes $2.13 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2016)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Retail Trade sector between 2002 and 2016.


Industry Sub-Sectors

The table below provides detail of the sub-sectors within the Retail Trade sector in the City of Melbourne.

Description Jobs Establishments Output ($ billion) GLP ($ billion)
Fuel Retailing 129 16 0.029 0.016
Non-Store Retailing and Retail Commission-Based Buying and/or Selling 158 27 0.055 0.031
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing 895 53 0.346 0.192
Food Retailing 3,572 388 0.522 0.289
Other Store-Based Retailing 15,626 1913 2.898 1.606
Total 20,380 2,153 3.85 2.134


Contribution to the local economy

The Retail Trade sector accounts for 4.47% of the City of Melbourne's total employment.

The Retail Trade sector accounts for 2.32% of the City of Melbourne's Gross Local Product (GLP).

Workforce Profile

The graph below details the composition of those employed in the Retail Trade sector in the City of Melbourne. The graph describes the proportion of employees that can be considered as part-time, full-time, casual and contractors. The graph also details the proportion of female and male employees in the Retail Trade sector.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Retail Trade sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2016 (in square metres). The figures provide an alternative measure of growth or decline in the sector. The figures are also relevant for understanding how this industry is impacting on then local commerical property market.