Retail turnover records rise

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Australian retail turnover rose 0.8% in February 2019, the ABS has reported. This follows a rise of 0.1% in January.

Rises were recorded across most industries, with food retailing at 0.8%, department stores at 3.5%, household goods at 1.1%, and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing at 1.6%. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway services, as well as other retailing industries, remained relatively unchanged. The February rise follows subdued results in December 2018 of -0.4%.

Across the country, rises were recorded in Queensland (1.4%), New South Wales (0.6%), Victoria (0.8%), Western Australia (0.6%), South Australia (0.7%), the ACT (1.7%) and the Northern Territory (1.4%). The only recorded fall was in Tasmania at -0.7%.

Online retail turnover contributed 5.6% to total retail turnover in February 2019, which remains unchanged from January 2019. This has risen slightly since February 2018, where online retail turnover contributed 5.1% to total retail.

These figures have been seasonally adjusted.

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