Retail sales in Australia rose by 1.4 percent month-over-month in March 2021, reversing from a final 0.8 percent drop in the prior month and beating market estimates of a 1 percent increase, amid an improvement in consumer confidence and a reopening of state borders, a preliminary reading showed. Cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services (6 percent) led the rises by industry, driven by increases in Victoria and Western Australia. Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, and department stores also saw rises led by these two states. In contrast, food retailing saw a fall of 1 percent. Considering the first three months of the year, retail trade was relatively unchanged, after a 2.5 percent gain in the December quarter. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in Australia averaged 0.48 percent from 1982 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 16.90 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -17.70 percent in April of 2020. This page provides - Australia Retail Sales MoM - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Australia Retail Sales MoM - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in Australia is expected to be 0.80 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 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.40 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Australia Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.40 -0.80 16.90 -17.70 1982 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-04 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Jan 0.5% -4.1% 0.6% 0.6%
2021-03-19 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Feb -1.1% 0.3% 0.4% 0.6%
2021-04-01 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Feb -0.8% 0.3% -1.1% -1.1%
2021-04-21 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Mar 1.4% -0.8% 1% 0.7%
2021-05-10 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Mar -0.8% 1.4%
2021-06-04 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Apr
2021-07-03 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM May
2021-08-04 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Jun


News Stream
Australia Retail Sales Grow More than Expected
Retail sales in Australia rose by 1.4 percent month-over-month in March 2021, reversing from a final 0.8 percent drop in the prior month and beating market estimates of a 1 percent increase, amid an improvement in consumer confidence and a reopening of state borders, a preliminary reading showed. Cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services (6 percent) led the rises by industry, driven by increases in Victoria and Western Australia. Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, and department stores also saw rises led by these two states. In contrast, food retailing saw a fall of 1 percent. Considering the first three months of the year, retail trade was relatively unchanged, after a 2.5 percent gain in the December quarter.
2021-04-21
Australia Retail Sales Fall Less than Initially Thought
Retail sales in Australia declined by 0.8 percent month-over-month in February 2021, compared with the preliminary reading of a 1.1 percent fall and a final 0.3 percent rise a month earlier, as consumption weakened again amid COVID-19 restrictions. Sales were down for both food retailing (-3.0 percent vs 1.6 percent in January) and other retailing (-0.4 percent vs -4.4 percent). By contrast, sales increased for household good retailing (0.7 percent vs 0.1 percent), clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.6 percent vs -3.6 percent), department stores (2.2 percent vs -0.4 percent), and cafes, restaurants, and takeaway foods (1.1 percent vs -0.8 percent). Across states and territories, sales decreased in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, and Northern Territory.
2021-04-01
Australia Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall
Retail sales in Australia unexpectedly dropped by 1.1 percent month-over-month in February 2021, missing market consensus of a 0.4 percent gain and after a downwardly revised 0.3 percent gain a month earlier, amid restrictions due to COVID-19, a preliminary reading showed. Food retailing led the falls by industry, falling in every state and territory. Meantime, there were mixed results across the other industries. Sales fell in Victoria fell (-4 percent), and Western Australia (-6 percent), as trade was restricted for five days in each state. Partially offsetting the falls were rises in New South Wales and Queensland, which had seen COVID-19 restrictions impact in January.
2021-03-19
Australia January Retail Sales Revised Lower
Retail sales in Australia rose by 0.5 percent month-over-month in January 2021, revised slightly down from a preliminary estimate of 0.6 percent and compared with a 4.1 percent fall in December. Sales were up for food retailing (1.6 percent vs -1.7 percent in December), household good retailing (0.1 percent vs -8.3 percent), and other retailing (1.4 percent vs -4.4 percent). In contrast, sales declined for clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-3.6 percent vs -9.4 percent), department stores (-0.4 percent vs -12.5 percent), and cafes, restaurants, and takeaway foods (-0.8 percent vs 3.2 percent). Across states and territories, sales increased in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, and Australian capital Territory.
2021-03-04

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.