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Retail Trade Survey: October 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 December 2009
Highlights

For October 2009 compared with September 2009 (on a seasonally adjusted basis):

  • Total retail sales were flat (up less than 0.1 percent or $2 million).
  • Core retail sales were up 0.5 percent ($23 million).
  • The four vehicle-related industries had a combined 1.5 percent decrease ($21 million).
  • The biggest increase was in cafes and restaurants, up 10.0 percent ($32 million).
  • Three-quarters of the core industries had little or no movement.

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

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

Geoff Bascand 14 December 2009
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0355
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