ARA warns December figures will likely be impacted by bushfires.
$22.4 billion in tax refunds aren’t reaching retailers.
Retail sales fell 0.1 per cent over July, according to the ABS.
The RBA’s rate cut could provide some much-needed relief.
Holiday figures have fallen short of the $51 billion proposed by industry experts.
ABS data shows increased spending in November, but below ARA’s forecast.
However, retail’s productivity is outpacing the market.
Food retailing leads the pack in September.
‘Another difficult year for the retail sector,’ according to latest report.
Retailers “concerned” over latest ABS figures.