Retail sales in Australia rose by 0.6 percent month-over-month in January 2021, following a 4.1 percent slump in December and missing market consensus of a 2.0 percent increase, a preliminary estimate showed. NSW led the rises, up 1.0 percent, as Greater Sydney saw COVID-19 restrictions eased in January; while Queensland saw a fall of 1.5 percent, with COVID-19 restrictions in Brisbane leading to falls. Across industries, food retailing posted the largest advance, while declines were seen in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, household goods retailing, and department stores. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in Australia averaged 0.48 percent from 1982 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 16.90 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -17.70 percent in April of 2020. This page provides - Australia Retail Sales MoM - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Australia Retail Sales MoM - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in Australia is expected to be 0.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in Australia to stand at 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.40 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Australia Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 -4.10 16.90 -17.70 1982 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-11 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Nov 7.1% 1.4% 7.0% 7.0%
2021-01-22 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Dec -4.2% 7.1% -2.5% -3%
2021-02-05 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Dec -4.1% 7.1% -4.2%
2021-02-19 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Jan 0.6% -4.1% 2% 2.1%
2021-03-04 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Jan -4.1% 0.6% 0.6%
2021-03-19 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Feb
2021-04-01 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Feb
2021-04-21 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Mar


News Stream
Australia Retail Sales Rebound Less than Expected
Retail sales in Australia rose by 0.6 percent month-over-month in January 2021, following a 4.1 percent slump in December and missing market consensus of a 2.0 percent increase, a preliminary estimate showed. NSW led the rises, up 1.0 percent, as Greater Sydney saw COVID-19 restrictions eased in January; while Queensland saw a fall of 1.5 percent, with COVID-19 restrictions in Brisbane leading to falls. Across industries, food retailing posted the largest advance, while declines were seen in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, household goods retailing, and department stores.
2021-02-19
Australia Retail Sales Drop For First Time in 3 Months
Retail sales in Australia declined by 4.1 percent month-over-month in December 2020, compared with a preliminary reading of 4.2 percent drop and after a 7.1 percent growth a month earlier. This was the first drop in retail trade since September, amid COVID-19 restrictions that limited household gatherings in some states and territories and after Christmas shopping spree. Five of the six industries fell, led by household goods retailing (-8.3 percent vs 12.7 percent in November). Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-9.4 percent vs 26.7 percent), department stores (-12.5 percent vs 21.1 percent), food retailing (-1.7 percent vs -0.3 percent), and other retailing (-4.4 percent vs 7.9 percent) also fell. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (3.2 percent vs 6.7 percent) was the only industry to rise in December. In Q4 2020, retail sales rose by 2.5 percent, slowing from a 6.5 percent gain in Q3.
2021-02-05
Australia Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in Australia declined by 4.2 percent month-over-month in December 2020, after a 7.1 percent growth a month earlier and compared with market consensus of a 2.5 percent drop, a preliminary reading showed. This was the first drop in retail trade since September, amid COVID-19 restrictions that limited household gatherings in some states and territories and after Christmas shopping spree. Falls were recorded in five of the six retail industries, including household goods retailing, food retailing, other retailing, department stores, and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services was the only industry to rise.
2021-01-22
Australia Retail Sales Rise the Most in 6 Months
Retail sales in Australia rose by 7.1 percent month-over-month in November 2020, compared with an initial estimate of a 7.0 percent growth and after a 1.4 percent increase a month earlier. This was the fastest gain in retail trade since May, boosted by the reopening of retail stores in Victoria following the easing of coronavirus restrictions as well as Black Friday and pre-Christmas shopping. Rises were recorded in household goods retailing (12.7 percent vs -0.1 percent in October), clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing (26.7 percent vs 6.8 percent), other retailing (7.9 percent vs 2.0 percent), department stores (21.1 percent vs 4.5 percent), and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (6.7 percent vs 5.4 percent). The release of new game consoles and new iPhones added to sales in household goods and other retailing.
2021-01-11

Australia Retail Sales MoM
In Australia, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In Australia, Retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy.