Retail sales in Australia declined by 2.7 percent month-over-month in July 2021, unrevised from a flash figure and after a final 1.8 percent drop in June. This was the largest drop in retail trade so far this year, dragged down by lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, with many non-essential retail businesses closing their physical stores. By industry, the largest falls were in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food (-12.3 percent vs -6 percent in June), clothing (-15.4 percent vs -9.5 percent), and department stores (-11.4 percent vs -7 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.3 percent vs 1.5 percent ) saw the largest rise as restrictions kept households at home. Other retailing (0.6 percent vs -1.6 percent ) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. Sales fell in New South Wales (-8.9 percent), South Australia (-3.3 percent), and Queensland (-0.9 percent). Meantime, all other states and territories experienced rises with the strongest in Victoria (1.3 percent). source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in Australia averaged 0.47 percent from 1982 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 16.60 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -17.40 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 September of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in Australia is expected to be -0.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. 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
-2.70 -1.80 16.60 -17.40 1982 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-07-21 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Jun -1.8% 0.4% -0.4% -0.6%
2021-08-04 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Jun -1.8% 0.4% -1.8% -1.8%
2021-08-27 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Jul -2.7% -1.8% -2.3% -2.2%
2021-09-03 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Jul -2.7% -1.8% -2.7% -2.7%
2021-09-28 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Aug -2.7%
2021-10-05 01:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Aug -2.7%
2021-10-29 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Prel Sep
2021-11-04 12:30 AM Retail Sales MoM Final Sep


News Stream
Australia Retail Sales Drop 2.7% MoM in July
Retail sales in Australia declined by 2.7 percent month-over-month in July 2021, unrevised from a flash figure and after a final 1.8 percent drop in June. This was the largest drop in retail trade so far this year, dragged down by lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, with many non-essential retail businesses closing their physical stores. By industry, the largest falls were in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food (-12.3 percent vs -6 percent in June), clothing (-15.4 percent vs -9.5 percent), and department stores (-11.4 percent vs -7 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.3 percent vs 1.5 percent ) saw the largest rise as restrictions kept households at home. Other retailing (0.6 percent vs -1.6 percent ) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. Sales fell in New South Wales (-8.9 percent), South Australia (-3.3 percent), and Queensland (-0.9 percent). Meantime, all other states and territories experienced rises with the strongest in Victoria (1.3 percent).
2021-09-03
Australia Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in Australia declined by 2.7 percent month-over-month in July 2021, compared with market forecasts of a 2.3 percent fall and after a final 1.8 percent drop in June, preliminary data showed. This was the largest decrease in retail trade so far this year, dragged down by lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, with many non-essential retail businesses closing their physical stores. By industry, the largest falls were in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services (-12.3 percent), clothing, footwear (-15.4 percent), and department stores (-11.4 percent). In contrast, food retailing (2.3 percent) saw the largest rise as restrictions kept households at home. Other retailing (0.6 percent) also rose, in part due to additional online sales. Sales fell in New South Wales (-8.9 percent), South Australia (-3.3 percent), and Queensland (-0.9 percent). Meantime, all other states and territories experienced rises with the strongest in Victoria (1.3 percent).
2021-08-27
Australia Retail Sales Fall 1.8% MoM in June
Retail sales in Australia declined by 1.8 percent month-over-month in June 2021, unrevised from the preliminary reading and after a final 0.4 percent gain a month earlier. This was the first drop in retail trade since February, impacted heavily by stay-at-home orders for multiple states and territories, with the largest falls seen in cafes, restaurants, and takeaway services (-6.0 percent vs 0.7 percent in May), clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing (-9.5 percent vs flat reading), and department stores (-7.0 percent vs -0.7 percent). Other retailing (-1.6 percent vs 0.7 percent), and household goods retailing (-1.3 percent vs -1.1 percent) also fell. Food retailing (1.5 percent vs 1.1 percent) was the only industry to rise as ongoing and re-introduced coronavirus restrictions required households to substitute eating out for eating at home. For the June quarter, retail trade grew by 0.8 percent, reversing from a 0.5 percent fall in the first quarter.
2021-08-04
Australia Retail Sales Slump in July
Retail sales in Australia declined by 1.8 percent month-over-month in July 2021, compared with market expectations of a 0.4 percent fall and after a final 0.4 percent gain a month earlier, preliminary data showed. This was the first drop in retail trade since February, due to the impact of coronavirus restrictions across multiple states, including Victoria and New South Wales. Cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services, and clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing saw the largest falls. In contrast, sales grew for food retailing (1.5%). Victoria (-3.5 percent) led the state falls, with the impact of the state’s fourth lockdown more pronounced in June than May (-0.9 percent). New South Wales (-2.0 percent) and Queensland (-1.5 percent) also fell due to stay-at-home restrictions and reduced interstate mobility. On a quarterly basis, the preliminary estimate showed retail trade rose by 1.3 percent in Q2, after a 0.1 percent drop in Q1.
2021-07-21

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.