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Retail turnover up 0.7 per cent in June

Retail trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the stimulus measures contained in the May federal budget hit the right spot, say retailers.

National Retail Association CEO Trevor Evans says the 0.7 per cent seasonally adjusted increase in retail trade for June shows the budget has sparked the necessary confidence among consumers and business buyers.

The result follows a 0.4 per cent increase in May, with anecdotal evidence from retailers suggesting spending lifted noticeably in the two weeks after the budget was handed down.

“It’s pleasing to see that the measures included in the budget, particularly the $20,000 instant write-off of purchases for small businesses, have prompted the right response,” he said.

“We would expect to see these kinds of results for June each year until 2017, when the budget measures are scheduled to come to an end.”

The ABS reported increases in household goods retailing (2.2 per cent), other retailing (two per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1.2 per cent) in seasonally adjusted terms. It found there were falls in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.4 per cent), food retailing (-0.1 per cent) and department stores (-0.1 per cent).

NSW continued to be the strongest performing state with a one per cent increase in turnover for the month, followed by Victoria (0.8 per cent), South Australia (0.8 per cent), Queensland (0.2 per cent), Western Australia (0.2 per cent), the Northern Territory (0.8 per cent) and the Australian Capital Territory (0.2 per cent). Tasmania (zero per cent) was relatively unchanged.

Online retail turnover contributed 3.3 per cent to total retail turnover in original terms.

Retail Council CEO Anna McPhee says continued flow-on effects from May’s budget announcements and the RBA’s decision to lower the official cash rate have likely encouraged a moderate lift in retail spending in June.

“Today’s results provide a positive indication that if the pace of growth continues throughout the second half of the year, the retail sector’s long-term annual average growth rate of six per cent might be within reach,” she said.

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