Retail Trade

In 2018, 2077 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Retail Trade sector provided 21,395 jobs. The sector has total output worth $3.92 Billion and contributes $2.17 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2018)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Retail Trade sector between 2002 and 2018.


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 150 19 0.035 0.019
Non-Store Retailing and Retail Commission-Based Buying and/or Selling 195 29 0.064 0.035
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing 933 47 0.347 0.192
Food Retailing 3,948 405 0.557 0.309
Other Store-Based Retailing 16,169 1790 2.915 1.616
Total 21,395 2,077 3.917 2.172


Contribution to the local economy

The Retail Trade sector accounts for 4.46% of the City of Melbourne's total employment.

The Retail Trade sector accounts for 2.16% 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.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Retail Trade sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2018 (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.