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Retail Trade Survey: October 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 December 2010
Highlights

For October 2010 compared with September 2010 (on a seasonally adjusted basis): 

  • Total retail sales fell 2.5 percent ($137 million) following a 1.7 percent ($94 million) increase in September 2010.
  • Core retail sales fell 1.6 percent ($71 million) reversing the 1.7 percent ($72 million) increase in September 2010. 
  • Ten of the 15 industries fell, four by more than $20 million. 
  • The largest decrease was motor vehicles and parts, down 12.6 percent ($85 million). 
  • Supermarket and grocery stores, up 4.2 percent ($58 million) recorded the largest increase.

The Retail Trade Survey excludes GST. 

 Graph, Retail industry contributions to the change in seasonally adjusted sales values, change from previous month, October 2010.

Cathryn Ashley-Jones 14 December 2010
Acting Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0355
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