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Retail Trade Survey: September 2015 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  16 November 2015
Commentary

All values are seasonally adjusted, with comparisons against the previous quarter, unless otherwise stated.

Rise for total retail sales volume

The total volume of retail sales rose 1.6 percent for the September 2015 quarter. This follows a modest 0.1 percent rise in the June 2015 quarter, and a strong 2.0 percent rise in the March 2015 quarter.

Ten of the 15 retail industries had higher sales volumes in the latest quarter, with the motor-vehicle and parts industry having the largest rise (up 5.0 percent).

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Other industries with large rises in the September 2015 quarter were:

  • electrical and electronic goods, up 6.6 percent
  • food and beverage services, up 2.4 percent 
  • supermarket and grocery stores, up 0.7 percent.

The largest falls in the latest quarter were:

  • recreational goods, down 5.8 percent
  • accommodation, down 2.1 percent.

In core retail (which excludes the two vehicle-related industries) the sales volume rose 1.0 percent in the September quarter, after an unchanged movement in the June 2015 quarter.

Total retail sales value up

The total value of retail sales rose 1.4 percent ($265 million) in the September 2015 quarter. This follows a 0.3 percent ($59 million) rise in the June 2015 quarter, and a 1.4 percent ($263 million) rise in the March 2015 quarter.

Eleven of the 15 retail industries had higher sales values in the latest quarter.

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Motor-vehicle and parts retailing drove this quarter's rise in the total sales value, with a 5.4 percent ($143 million) increase.

Other industries with large rises in the September 2015 quarter were:

  • food and beverage services, up 2.9 percent ($63 million)
  • electrical and electronic goods, up 5.4 percent ($39 million)
  • non-store and commission-based retailing, up 7.4 percent ($22 million).  

The largest falls this quarter were:

  • recreational goods, down 6.1 percent ($34 million) 
  • fuel, down 0.5 percent ($10 million).

In core retail (which excludes the two vehicle-related industries) the sales value rose 0.9 percent ($133 million) in the September 2015 quarter, following a fall of 0.2 percent ($34 million) in the June 2015 quarter.

Sales volume and value trends continue to grow

The trends for both the total sales volume, and core sales volume (which excludes the two vehicle-related industries) have generally been rising since late 2010. The total sales volume trend has risen 23 percent since the last quarter of 2010, while the core sales volume trend has risen 21 percent since the September 2010 quarter.

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The trend for the total sales value has increased 30 percent since the March 2009 quarter.

The core sales value trend (which excludes the two vehicle-related industries) has increased 28 percent since the December 2007 quarter.

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Motor-vehicle and parts industry makes large gains

The volume of sales in motor-vehicle and parts retailing rose 5.0 percent in the September 2015 quarter, after a 1.0 percent rise in the June 2015 quarter. Several respondents told us they had a busy sales quarter, and were on target to achieve record sales for the 2015 year.

Prices (which are not seasonally adjusted) rose 0.5 percent in the September 2015 quarter. This follows falls of 0.8 percent in both the June and March 2015 quarters. 

The value of sales in this industry rose 5.4 percent ($143 million) in the September 2015 quarter, after a 0.4 percent ($10 million) rise in the June 2015 quarter. This quarter's rise in motor-vehicle and parts retailing is the largest dollar value increase since the series began in September 1995.

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The sales volume trend for the motor-vehicle and parts industry has risen steadily for five years, and is 45 percent higher than the most recent fall in the September 2010 quarter.

Electrical and electronic goods sales rise

The volume of sales in the electrical and electronic goods industry rose 6.6 percent in the September 2015 quarter, after a 0.2 percent fall in the June 2015 quarter.

Prices (which are not seasonally adjusted) fell 0.8 percent in the September 2015 quarter. Quality adjusted prices in this industry have consistently fallen since the beginning of the series in September 2003.

The value of sales in this industry rose 5.4 percent ($39 million) in the September 2015 quarter, after a 2.1 percent ($16 million) fall in the June 2015 quarter.

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The sales volume trend in this industry has been consistently rising for almost eight years.

Recreational goods sales fall

The volume of sales in recreational goods retailing fell 5.8 percent in the September 2015 quarter, following a 1.3 percent fall in the June 2015 quarter.

Prices (which are not seasonally adjusted) fell 0.1 percent in the September 2015 quarter. This follows a 1.2 percent rise in the June 2015 quarter.

The value of sales in this industry fell 6.1 percent ($34 million) for the September 2015 quarter.

Graph, Recreational goods sales volumes, quarterly, September 2009 to September 2015.

The sales volume trend for the recreational goods industry has fallen in recent quarters, following a period of steady growth over the earlier two years.

Mixed results in the regions

Note: the Retail Trade Survey is designed at a national level. Use caution when interpreting regional-level figures.

The value of sales in the North Island rose 1.9 percent ($284 million) in the September 2015 quarter. This follows an unchanged movement in the June 2015 quarter.

The increase in the North Island sales value resulted from:

  • Auckland, up 2.8 percent ($201 million)
  • Waikato, up 1.8 percent ($35 million)
  • Wellington, down 0.5 percent ($9 million)
  • remainder of the North Island, up 1.5 percent ($57 million).

The value of sales in the South Island fell 0.2 percent ($11 million) in the September 2015 quarter. This follows a 0.5 percent ($26 million) rise in the June 2015 quarter.

The decrease in the South Island sales value resulted from:

  • Canterbury, down 1.2 percent ($34 million)
  • remainder of the South Island, up 1.1 percent ($23 million).

Actual sales volume and value up on 2014

In the September 2015 quarter, compared with the September 2014 quarter:

  • the volume of total actual retail sales rose 5.7 percent
  • the value of total actual retail sales rose 4.8 percent (to $19.2 billion)
  • the volume of core actual retail sales rose 5.2 percent
  • the value of core actual retail sales rose 5.4 percent (to $14.5 billion).

Actual stock values up on 2014

Stock figures are recorded at 30 September 2015. All references to stocks are in actual dollars.

The total value of stock held at 30 September 2015 ($7.2 billion) was 4.9 percent ($337 million) higher than at 30 September 2014.

The value of stock for the core retail industries ($5.5 billion) was 5.2 percent ($270 million) higher than at 30 September 2014.

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Twelve of the 15 retail industries recorded stock increases in the September 2015 quarter compared with the September 2014 quarter. The largest were in:

  • motor-vehicle and parts retailing, up 5.1 percent ($81 million)
  • department stores, up 7.9 percent ($64 million)
  • hardware, building, and garden supplies, up 6.5 percent ($53 million).

For more detailed data from the Retail Trade Survey, see the Excel tables in the 'Downloads' box.

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