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Retail Trade Survey: February 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 April 2009
Highlights

For February 2009 compared with January 2009 (on a seasonally adjusted basis):

  • Total retail sales were flat, up 0.2 percent ($10 million).
  • Core retail sales were also flat, down 0.1 percent ($5 million).
  • Automotive fuel retailing sales increased 6.7 percent ($34 million).
  • Motor vehicle retailing sales decreased 3.2 percent ($17 million).
  • Supermarket and grocery store sales increased 1.0 percent ($12 million).

The total retail sales trend has been in decline or flat since December 2007, falling 3.4 percent since then. 

Graph, Retail Industry Contributions to the Change in Seasonally Adjusted Sales.

 Geoff Bascand 14 April2009
 Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0355 
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