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Retail Trade Survey: August 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 October 2009
Highlights

For August 2009 compared with July 2009 (on a seasonally adjusted basis):

  • Total retail sales rose 1.1 percent ($60 million); two-thirds of industries showing increases.
  • Core retail sales rose 1.2 percent ($49 million).
  • Clothing and softgoods retailing, up 6.5 percent ($14 million) and automotive fuel retailing, up 1.9 percent ($10 million) had the largest sales increases.
  • The biggest decreases were in motor vehicle retailing, down 1.4 percent ($7 million) and supermarket and grocery stores, down 0.2 percent ($3 million).

The total retail sales trend has been rising since February 2009.

 Graph: Retail Industry Contributions to the Change in Seasonally Adjusted Sales

Geoff Bascand 13 October 2009
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0355
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