Retail Trade

  • May 2021

    July 5, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade picked up by 0.4% in May, slightly more than initially estimated by the ABS (0.1%).

    Western Australia and Queensland saw strong increases, as sales recovered from earlier lockdowns.

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  • April 2021

    June 3, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade rose by 1.1% in April, in line with the preliminary ABS estimate.

    Western Australia saw a 1.5% fall in retail, which reflected a three-day lockdown in Perth and Peel during the Anzac Day weekend.

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  • March 2021

    May 10, 2020

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade picked up by 1.3% in March, broadly in line with the original ABS estimate (1.4%).

    Retail sales volumes were 0.5% down in the quarter, reflecting softer numbers for January and February and a setback from very strong increases over the second half of 2020.

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  • February 2021

    April 1, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade fell by 0.8% in February, slightly less than originally estimated by the ABS.

    The fall in February was caused by snap lockdowns in Victoria and parts of Western Australia.

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  • January 2021

    March 4, 2021

    Retail trade rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in January, slightly slower than first estimated by the ABS (0.6%).

    Western Australia led the increase in retail trade turnover growth across the nation, both in the month and through the year.

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  • December 2020

    February 5, 2021

    Retail trade declined a seasonally adjusted 4.1% in December 2020, which followed a significant 7.1% rise in November driven by Victoria re-opening.

    In the entirety of Q4 2020, retail trade rose by 2.5% QoQ in volume terms, mostly due to a 12.8% surge in Victoria.

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