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Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Workforce crisis: 40,300 retail jobs vacant across Australia

Australian Retailers Association CEO, Paul Zahra, said the retail trade recorded the “highest increase” of any industry ...

Retail sales surged nearly 10 per cent in April

High food prices have combined with increased household spending over the April holiday period as more people are travel...

ABS data shows a retail rebound in January

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra said the Omicron Covid variant has impacted staff availability alongside...

December retail sales mark solid end for Covid-impacted year

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the robust Christmas results provide a lifeline for struggling retailers, but all signs point to...

Black Friday drives 5.8 per cent retail-wide sales bump in November

Clothing, footwear and personal accessories led the way in sales during the month as Australians increasingly want to re...

Sales across Australia jump 4.9 per cent in October as lockdowns end

The retail industry enjoyed sales increases in all categories barring food during the month.
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Retail sales enjoy slight bump in September ahead of holiday period

Australian retail saw the first month-on-month sales increase since May 2021 after the Delta outbreak led to a decrease ...

August retail figures show impact of prolonged lockdowns

National retail sales fell 1.7 per cent in August compared to a month prior, and slowed 0.7 per cent compared to the sam...

Analysis: ABS retail trade figures reveal a bounce back, but will it continue?

Retail trade in January-July has blown away expectations, but lockdowns fill the outlook with uncertainty for the next f...

July’s lockdown caused biggest monthly sales drop this year

Online sales, predictably, perked up.

Retail sales recover in April, but recovery remains uneven

After retail sales slipped in March due to a continued return toward ‘normal’ trading, monthly turnover recovered slight...

Retail sales slip in March quarter: ABS

The result was driven by a continued return to normality, said ABS director of quarterly economy wide surveys Ben James.

Over half of Australian retailers are still seeing supply chain disruption

52 per cent of retailers experienced disruption to their supply chain in April, while 19 per cent were impacted to a “gr...

Retail sales recover in March: ABS

Victoria and Western Australia led the rises, after Covid-19 lockdowns impacted retail sales in February 2021.

Consumer spending begins to wane as retail sales slip in February

The sector and the economy more broadly are still in for a challenging period ahead, says NRA boss Dominique Lamb.

January retail spend up 10 per cent on last year, online up 63 per cent

Total turnover hit $30.5 billion during January, driven by strong demand in food and liquor retailing.

Retail’s continued growth “doesn’t paint the full picture”

Retail sales grow through January, but the party may be coming to an end soon.
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December sales up 9.6 per cent on last year, but fall on November

Turnover broke $30 billion, according to the ARA.

Spending falls in December, but drives $60bn holiday result

Between November and December, Aussies spent upwards of $60 million in retail.

Aussies spent $31.6 billion on retail in November

Black Friday pushed retail sales in November up 7.1 per cent, says the ABS.