Retail Trade

  • August 2021

    September 28, 2021

    Retail trade fell by a seasonally adjusted 1.7% in August, slightly less than the 2.2% decline expected by the market. The decline in retail sales reflected the ongoing lockdowns on the east coast, with Victoria re-joining New South Wales in a prolonged lockdown on 5 August. Sales in Western Australia posted its fourth consecutive monthly increase and continued to lead the other states in terms of retail sales performance throughout the pandemic.

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  • July 2021

    August 27, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade fell by another 2.7% in July, the biggest monthly drop since December 2020. The annual growth rate turned negative (-3.1% YoY).

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  • June 2021

    August 4, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted retail trade fell by 1.8% in June, in line with the initial ABS estimate.

    The June fall in retail sales reflected the lockdowns introduced across the country over the course of the month.

    Retail sales volumes rose by 0.8% over Q2.

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  • 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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