Australia Retail February 2021


Australia: Retail sales drops in February

April 1, 2021

Nominal retail sales in February declined 0.8% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, swinging from November’s 0.3% uptick. The reintroduction of Covid-19 associated restrictions in Victoria and parts of Western Australia weighed on households’ retail spending.

A notable fall in food retailing and a moderate drop in other retailing more than offset rising household goods and clothing and footwear retailing, as well as increases in sales in department stores and in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services.

In annual terms, retail sales grew 5.2% in February, sharply down from January’s 10.3% surge. Meanwhile, annual average growth in retail sales remained stable at January’s 7.3% in February.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists are still assessing the latest developments.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Senior Economist

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Australia Retail February 2021

Note: Month-on-month seasonally adjusted changes and annual average variation of retail sales index in %.
Source: Australia Bureau of Statistics and FocusEconomics calculations.

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