Australia Retail September 2018

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Australia: Retail sales growth ticks down in September

November 5, 2018

Nominal retail sales growth in September came in at 0.2% over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, following August’s 0.3% expansion. This was slightly below market expectations of a 0.3% rise. Sluggish wage growth, declining house prices and high household debt continued to weigh on consumer spending, and translated into the weakest expansion in retail sales in one-and-a-half years in Q3.

Higher sales in food retailing, cafes, restaurants and takeaways led the expansion, partially offset by lower sales in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing.

In annual terms, retail sales expanded 2.8% in September, down from August’s 4.2% jump. Meanwhile, annual average growth in retail sales in September inched up to 2.7% from August’s 2.6%.

Australia Private Consumption Forecast


FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption growing 2.5% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, the panel expects private consumption to expand 2.7%.


Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Australia Retail September 2018

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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