Retail sales in Australia dropped by 0.5 percent month-over-month in December 2019, following an upwardly revised 1 percent gain in the previous month and compared to market estimates of a 0.2 percent fall. It was the largest decline in retail trade since August 2017, reflecting some effects from bushfires and associated smoke haze. Sales dropped in department stores (-2.8 percent vs 3.7 percent in November); cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.9 percent vs 0.9 percent); clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.5 percent vs 3.2 percent); food retailing (-0.3 percent vs 0.7 percent); and household goods retailing (-0.3 percent vs 1.3 percent). Meanwhile, sales of other retailing rebounded (0.2 percent vs -0.4 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. This page provides - Australia Retail Sales MoM - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in Australia is expected to be 0.10 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in Australia to stand at 0.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.40 percent in 2021 and 0.29 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.


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Australia Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.50 1.00 8.10 -10.60 1982 - 2019 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-04 12:30 AM Sep 0.2% 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
2019-12-05 12:30 AM Oct 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.3%
2020-01-10 12:30 AM Nov 0.9% 0.1% 0.4% 0.2%
2020-02-06 12:30 AM Dec -0.5% 1.0% -0.2% -0.1%
2020-03-06 12:30 AM Jan -0.5% -0.7%
2020-04-03 12:30 AM Feb
2020-05-06 01:30 AM Mar 0.1%
2020-06-04 01:30 AM Apr


News Stream
Australia Retail Sales Fall the Most in Nearly 2-1/2-Years
Retail sales in Australia dropped by 0.5 percent month-over-month in December 2019, following an upwardly revised 1 percent gain in the previous month and compared to market estimates of a 0.2 percent fall. It was the largest decline in retail trade since August 2017, reflecting some effects from bushfires and associated smoke haze. Sales dropped in department stores (-2.8 percent vs 3.7 percent in November); cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.9 percent vs 0.9 percent); clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.5 percent vs 3.2 percent); food retailing (-0.3 percent vs 0.7 percent); and household goods retailing (-0.3 percent vs 1.3 percent). Meanwhile, sales of other retailing rebounded (0.2 percent vs -0.4 percent).
2020-02-06
Australia Retail Sales Surge on Black Friday
Retail sales in Australia rose by 0.9 percent month-over-month in November 2019, easily beating market forecasts of 0.4 percent and after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous month. This marked the steepest increase in retail trade since November 2017, lifted by Black Friday sales. Sales advanced for most categories: clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (3.1 percent vs -0.4 percent in October), department stores (3.4 percent vs -0.6 percent), household goods retailing (1.2 percent vs 0.1 percent), cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.9 percent vs 0.4 percent), and food retailing (0.5 percent vs 0.2 percent). In contrast, sales of other retailing fell 0.5 percent, after being flat in October.
2020-01-10
Australia Retail Sales Unchanged in October
Retail sales in Australia were flat in October 2019, following a 0.2 percent rise in the previous month and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent gain. Declines in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-0.8 percent), department stores (-0.8 percent) and household goods (-0.2 percent) were offset by gains in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.4 percent) and food retailing (0.1 percent). Meantime, other retailing was relatively unchanged.
2019-12-05
Australia Retail Sales Rise Less than Estimated
Retail sales in Australia advanced 0.2 percent month-over-month in September 2019, slowing from a 0.4 percent gain in August and missing market expectations of a 0.5 percent rise. Sales of food retailing rose at a softer rate (0.1 percent vs 0.3 percent in August), and sales dropped for clothing, footwear and personal retailing accessory (-0.5 percent vs 1.9 percent), and department stores (-0.2 percent vs 1.2 percent). Also, sales of household goods retailing were unchanged, following a 0.4 percent gain in the previous month. Meanwhile, sales of other retailing increased further (0.8 percent vs 0.3 percent), and those of cafes, restaurants and takeaway foods rebounded (0.6 percent vs -0.4 percent). On a quarterly basis, retail sales slipped 0.1 percent in the third quarter, compared to a 0.1 percent growth in the June quarter.
2019-11-04

Australia Retail Sales MoM
In Australia, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In Australia, Retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy.