Rise in Australia retail sales04 October 2015 by News Desk
Retail sales in Australia rose 0.4% in August following a fall of 0.1% in July.
The largest contributor to the rise was food retailing (0.6%). Other retailing (1.3%), department stores (1.3%) and household goods retailing (0.2%) also rose. There were falls in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.4%) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.3%).
Online retail sales contributed 3.1% to total retail turnover.
There were rises in Victoria (0.9%), New South Wales (0.5%), Western Australia (0.2%), South Australia (0.3%) and Tasmania (0.4%).
There were falls in Queensland (-0.2%), Northern Territory (-0.9%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.4%).
The trend estimate for August is 4.3% higher compared to August 2014, according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics.