Retail Trade

  • August 2020

    October 2, 2020

    Retail trade fell a seasonally-adjusted 4.0% in August.

    The fall reflected the COVID-19 containment measures introduced in Victoria in early August, though retail sales fell in all states.

    Western Australia saw the smallest monthly decline of all mainland states.

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  • July 2020

    September 4, 2020

    Retail sales growth accelerated to 3.2% in July 2020 from 2.7% in June.

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  • June 2020

    August 4, 2020

    Retail trade rose a seasonally-adjusted 2.7% in June, reflecting largely the re-opening after the nationwide partial lockdown.

    Victoria saw the largest increase, with early evidence of panic buying ahead of the re-imposition of the lockdown in early July.

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  • May 2020

    July 3, 2020

    The easing in containment measures across Australia provided a huge boost to retail sales in May.

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  • April 2020

    June 4, 2020

    In April 2020, retail sales fell by 17.7% MoM in seasonally-adjusted terms, which was the largest drop on record.

    The broad-based drop was triggered by business closures and other social distancing measures imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. It more than offset the 8.5% surge in March sparked by panic buying ahead of the partial lockdown.

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  • March 2020

    May 6, 2020

    Retail sales jumped by 8.5% in March 2020, driven by panic buying amid escalation of the pandemic in Australia. The bounce was stronger than expected by market participants and the ABS preliminary estimate. It was also the largest on record.

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