I'm trying to understand something so I'll give an example. Often when reading the media like Australian retail spending for the Christmas was far weaker than many were expecting I notice that sometimes the data they present is different to the data ABS provides even though they claim t present ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data. For example, in the link above they make the following statement. “There were falls for household goods retailing (2.6%) and other retailing (1.8%)" But when I cross check these December figures with the seasonally adjusted figures on ABS the December change in Retail Sales for 'Household Goods Retailing' is -2.8% and not -2.6% as they claim. Also.. the below statement "Sales also fell in department stores (0.6%), cafes, restaurants and takeaways (0.1%), and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.1%)." But when I cross check these December figures with the ABS seasonally adjusted data I see the below figures. Department Stores - -.1% (The .6% fall didn't come until January according to ABS) Cafe's Restaurants, and Takeaways - -.5% (As opposed to the .1% fall claimed in the above article) Clothing, footware and personal accessory retailing - This figure was the same as the ABS figure of -.1% My question is, does ABS wildly change their data and make adjustments or does the media have an interest in reporting certain figures incorrectly? For Cafe's Restaurants, and Takeaways there's a pretty big difference between ABS and Medial claims!