Economic Indicators

Retail Trade

Domestic developments in retail trade across industry groups and states.

This page contains publications on both monthly and quarterly retail trade numbers. The monthly notes discuss developments in the value of sales across industry groups and states, while the quarterly notes contain additional information about real (price-adjusted) retail trade, as well as retail prices.

  • 28 May 2024 Retail Trade April 2024

    Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in April, somewhat less than the 0.2% expected by market participants. The annual rate of growth in retail sales picked up to 0.4ppts to the still low 1.3% in April.

  • 07 May 2024 Retail Trade Q1 2024

    Retail sales volumes declined a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in Q1, somewhat more than the 0.3% pencilled in by consensus, reversing the upwardly adjusted gain of 0.4% from Q4 2023 (originally +0.3%).

  • 30 Apr 2024 Retail Trade March 2024

    Retail sales declined a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in March, against the market expectations of a 0.2% gain. The February figures were revised downwards (to +0.2% from the originally estimated +0.3%).

  • 28 Mar 2024 Retail Trade February 2024

    Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in February, slightly less than the 0.4% pencilled in by market consensus. This followed a solid increase of 1.1% in January.

  • 29 Feb 2024 Retail Trade January 2024

    Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in January, less than the 1.5% consensus expectation. This followed a smaller than initially estimated decline of 2.1% in December. All major industry groups but food retailing saw gains in retail trade in January.

  • 06 Feb 2024 Retail Trade Q4 2023

    Retail sales volumes rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in Q4 2023, more than the 0.1% pencilled in by consensus. The rise in retail trade volumes was mainly driven by a 2.3% surge in household goods sales, which saw a 0.6% fall in prices due to promotional activity. Retail sales volumes fell by 0.3% QoQ in per capita terms, the sixth quarterly decline in a row.

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