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Retail Trade Survey: March 2012 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 May 2012
Key facts

The information in this release was revised on 13 June 2012, see:
Retail Trade Survey: March 2012 quarter (revised)

For the March 2012 quarter, compared with the December 2011 quarter (seasonally adjusted):

  • Core retail sales volumes fell 2.5 percent, the largest decrease since the series began in 1995.
  • Total retail sales volumes fell 1.5 percent, the largest drop since March 2009.
  • Core retail sales values fell 2.0 percent, and total sales values fell 0.8 percent.
  • Supermarket sales volumes fell 7.4 percent, the largest drop since the series began in 1995.

 Graph, Retail industry contributions to the change in seasonally adjusted sales volumes, March 2012 quarter.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

14 May 2012
ISSN 1178-0355

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