Retail Trade

  • 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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  • February 2020

    April 3, 2020

    Retail sales rose stronger than expected in February due to COVID-related buying.

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  • January 2020

    March 6, 2020

    Retail sales slipped for the second month in a row in January, falling 0.3% in seasonally adjusted terms.

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