Retail sales in Australia fell by 1.7 percent month-over-month in August 2021, unrevised from the preliminary figure and after a final 2.7 percent drop in July. This was the third straight month of falls in retail trade, amid lockdown restrictions. By industry, falls were seen in sales of clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing (-15.7% vs -15.4% in July), cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food (-7% vs -12.3%), department stores (-10.2% vs -11.4%), and household goods retailing (-2.3% vs -2.2%). In contrast, food retailing (2.1% vs 2.3%) saw the largest rise as curbs continue to limit mobility and keep households at home. Other retailing (0.8% vs 0.6%) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. States with lockdowns saw retail sales falling, namely New South Wales (- 3.5% to its lowest level since April 2020), Victoria (- 3%), and the Australian Capital Territory (-19.9%). source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in Australia averaged 0.47 percent from 1982 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 16.60 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -17.40 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 October of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in Australia is expected to be 0.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. 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


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-08-27 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Jul -2.7% -1.8% -2.3% -2.2%
2021-09-03 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Jul -2.7% -1.8% -2.7% -2.7%
2021-09-28 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Aug -1.7% -2.7% -2%
2021-10-05 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Aug -1.7% -2.7% -1.7% -1.7%
2021-10-29 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Sep -1.7%
2021-11-04 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Sep -1.7%
2021-11-20 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Oct
2021-12-04 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Oct


News Stream
Australia Retail Sales Drop for 3rd Month
Retail sales in Australia fell by 1.7 percent month-over-month in August 2021, unrevised from the preliminary figure and after a final 2.7 percent drop in July. This was the third straight month of falls in retail trade, amid lockdown restrictions. By industry, falls were seen in sales of clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing (-15.7% vs -15.4% in July), cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food (-7% vs -12.3%), department stores (-10.2% vs -11.4%), and household goods retailing (-2.3% vs -2.2%). In contrast, food retailing (2.1% vs 2.3%) saw the largest rise as curbs continue to limit mobility and keep households at home. Other retailing (0.8% vs 0.6%) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. States with lockdowns saw retail sales falling, namely New South Wales (- 3.5% to its lowest level since April 2020), Victoria (- 3%), and the Australian Capital Territory (-19.9%).
2021-10-05
Australia Retail Sales Drop for 3rd Month: Preliminary Data
Retail sales in Australia declined by 1.7 percent month-over-month in August 2021, after a final 2.7 percent drop a month earlier, preliminary figures showed. This was the third straight month of falls in retail trade, amid lockdown restrictions. By industry, falls were seen in sales of clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing (-15.7 percent), cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services (-7 percent), department stores (-10.2 percent), and household goods retailing (-2.3 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.1 percent) saw the largest rise as curbs continue to limit mobility and keep households at home. Other retailing (0.8 percent) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. States with lockdowns saw retail sales falling, namely New South Wales (- 3.5 percent to its lowest level since April 2020), Victoria (- 3 percent), and the Australian Capital Territory (-19.9 percent).
2021-09-28
Australia Retail Sales Drop 2.7% MoM in July
Retail sales in Australia declined by 2.7 percent month-over-month in July 2021, unrevised from a flash figure and after a final 1.8 percent drop in June. This was the largest drop in retail trade so far this year, dragged down by lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, with many non-essential retail businesses closing their physical stores. By industry, the largest falls were in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food (-12.3 percent vs -6 percent in June), clothing (-15.4 percent vs -9.5 percent), and department stores (-11.4 percent vs -7 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.3 percent vs 1.5 percent ) saw the largest rise as restrictions kept households at home. Other retailing (0.6 percent vs -1.6 percent ) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. Sales fell in New South Wales (-8.9 percent), South Australia (-3.3 percent), and Queensland (-0.9 percent). Meantime, all other states and territories experienced rises with the strongest in Victoria (1.3 percent).
2021-09-03
Australia Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in Australia declined by 2.7 percent month-over-month in July 2021, compared with market forecasts of a 2.3 percent fall and after a final 1.8 percent drop in June, preliminary data showed. This was the largest decrease in retail trade so far this year, dragged down by lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, with many non-essential retail businesses closing their physical stores. By industry, the largest falls were in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services (-12.3 percent), clothing, footwear (-15.4 percent), and department stores (-11.4 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.3 percent) saw the largest rise as restrictions kept households at home. Other retailing (0.6 percent) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. Sales fell in New South Wales (-8.9 percent), South Australia (-3.3 percent), and Queensland (-0.9 percent). Meantime, all other states and territories experienced rises with the strongest in Victoria (1.3 percent).
2021-08-27

Australia Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Retail Sales MoM -1.70 percent Aug/21 -2.70 16.60 -17.40
Retail Sales YoY -0.70 percent Aug/21 -3.10 25.00 -9.10
Consumer Spending 271490.00 AUD Million Jun/21 268445.00 272204.00 34433.00
Disposable Personal Income 341835.00 AUD Million Jun/21 342480.00 348395.00 3103.00
Personal Savings 9.70 percent Jun/21 11.60 22.00 -1.70


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.