Retail sales in Australia advanced 0.4 percent month-over-month in August 2019, after being unchanged in the previous month and compared to market expectations of 0.5 percent growth. This was the fastest monthly rise in retail trade since February, following recent interest rate cuts from the RBA and government tax rebates. Sales grew for food retailing (0.4 percent, the same pace as in July), household goods retailing (0.3 percent vs 0.2 percent), clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.8 percent vs -0.9 percent), department stores (1.1 percent vs -0.2 percent), and other retailing (0.3 percent vs -0.4 percent). The rises were partly offset by a fall in cafes, restaurants and takeaway services (-0.3 percent vs -0.6 percent). Retail Sales MoM in Australia averaged 0.47 percent from 1982 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 8.10 percent in June of 2000 and a record low of -10.60 percent in July of 2000.