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Australia: Retail sales hit 3-month low in November

January 9, 2015

Nominal retail sales rose 0.1% in November over the previous month in seasonally-adjusted terms, which was below the 0.4% increase recorded in October and marked a three month low. The result undershot market expectations of a 0.2% rise.

On a year-on-year basis, the pace of growth in retail sales decelerated from the 6.3% increase tallied in October to a 4.1% rise in November. In addition, annual average growth in retail sales declined from October’s 5.5% to 5.4% in November.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption growing 2.5% in 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2016, the panel sees private consumption expanding 2.6%.


Author: Angela Bouzanis, Senior Economist

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Australia Retail November 2014

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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