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Retail sales up 3.4% in year, fuel 8.4%

Published 15 June 2011

Retail sales dropped $1 billion from the December quarter to $16.5 billion in the March quarter, but were 3.4% ($537 million) ahead of a year ago.

Sales for core industries (excluding vehicles & fuel) were 2.4% ahead of the March quarter 2010 at $12.7 billion. Vehicle sales rose 4.8% to $1.97 billion, fuel by 8.4% to $1.86 billion, taking the total increase to 3.4%.

The biggest category, groceries, rose 5.9% ($333 million) to $4.2 billion.

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Retail sales up 2.4% in November, “core” up 3.6%

Published 21 January 2010

Non-automotive retail sales rose 3.6% in November (real, not seasonally adjusted) compared to November 2008. Including the 4 automotive categories, the rise was 2.4%, which followed a succession of falls.

 

Statistics NZ figures showed vehicle sales had recovered since falling nearly 26% in December 2008, actually rising 0.6% in October before falling again, by 2.9%. Fuel sales, down by double-digit percentages over the previous 6 months as prices dropped, fell by only 3.8% in November.

 

Total retail sales of $5.6 billion in November included $1.36 billion in the automotive sectors. Among other large moves in “core” industries, sales of fresh produce fell 10.7% and furniture & floor coverings 9.5%. Appliance sales rose 9.8%, recreational goods 9.4%, household equipment repair services 10.2%, cafés & restaurants 10.1%.

 

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Non-automotive retail up in June

Published 17 August 2009

The continuing decline in vehicle & fuel sales took national retail sales from a 3.1% rise (excluding them) to a 1.1% decline in June.

 

Vehicle & fuel sales have been down in double-digit percentages all year – vehicles by 12.2% & fuel by 17.2% in June compared to June 2008. The saving in fuel costs was $106 million – down from $618 million last June.

 

Non-automotive sales rose 3.1% – takeaways & appliances both by 12.7%, other food by 10.7%, fresh produce 9.7%, groceries 8.6%. Falls included a 9.3% decline in bar & club sales, 8.7% in furniture & floor coverings, 7.7% in accommodation.

 

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Car & fuel sales down 14.7%, groceries up 7.7%

Published 13 July 2009

Retail sales fell 2.4% in May compared to a year earlier, but were up 2.5% when vehicle-related sales were excluded.

 

Total sales fell $131 million to $5.268 billion, with car sales down 15.7% to $522 million and fuel sales down 18.8% to $512 million. The 4 vehicle-related categories were down $229 million (14.7%).

 

Non-vehicle sales rose by $98 million – fresh produce by 8.7% to $81 million, supermarket & grocery sales by 7.7% to $1.245 billion, recreation goods by 7.6% to $177 million. Furniture & floor coverings fell 14.2% to $101million, accommodation by 7% to $174 million.

 

These figures are unadjusted. Statistics NZ usually highlights seasonally adjusted figures (which I don’t trust), and did so again for May.

 

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Declines in car & fuel sales take April retail down

Published 14 June 2009

Declines in car & fuel sales took national retail sales in April from 2.5% growth over April 2008 to a 1.7% decline.

 

Car sales, which Statistics NZ said can be volatile but have been down for months, were 18.2% down on the April 2008 level at $$521 million. Fuel sales were down 11.1% to $522 million. The other 2 automotive categories (for smash repairs, electrical, tyres) were both down 3% or less to a combined $283 million.

 

Only 2 other retail categories moved by more than 10% – fresh produce upward by 12.9% to $79 million and furniture & floor coverings downward by 26% to $90 million.

 

Sales by supermarkets & grocery stories rose by 9% to $1.237 billion and takeaway sales rose by 9.3% to $108 million.

 

Statistics NZ said the trend in total retail sales had been in decline or flat since January 2008 and had fallen 3.5% since then. However, the rate of decline had eased since January 2009 and the trend had flattened.

 

Auckland sales fell 2% to $1.66 billion in April.

 

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February retail down 6.9%

Published 19 April 2009

Retail sales fell 6.9% in February, further declining from a 3.7% fall in January.

 

Statistics NZ’s tables of actual trade showed how big the turnaround was from a year ago, when sales increased by 7.7%. Total sales this February were $5.066 billion, down from $5.442 billion in February 2008.

 

Excluding the 4 automotive categories, sales fell 2.6%, compared to an increase of 6.3% a year earlier. Total sales excluding the automotive categories were down by $103 million to $3.8 billion. Furniture & floor coverings were down 15.1%, hardware 13.9%.

 

Sales in the automotive categories fell by $273 million – from $1.54 billion to $1.267 billion. Car sales fell 27.4% to $492 million, fuel by 11.4% to $508 million, auto-electrical, smash & tyres by 6.1% to $115 million, repairs & services by 8.6% to $152 million.

 

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November retail sales flat, vehicle categories all well down

Published 27 January 2009

Retail sales rose by just $9 million from October to November and were down 4.1% from November 2007.

Actual sales for the month were $5.487 billion, down $236 million from a year earlier. Sales in November 2007 were 7.2% higher than in November 2006. Most of the change came in the 4 vehicle categories, down a combined $270 million (car sales down $193 million, fuel down $34 million). The other 24 categories rose a combined $24 million.

Sales categories to make large shifts in November 2007 were fresh produce up 14.6%, furniture & floor coverings down 16.8%, hardware down 11.4%, vehicles down 25.6%, auto electrical, smash repairs & tyres down 12%, vehicle repairs & servicing down 9.1%. Groceries rose 6.1%.

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Retail sales slowing, but up on August

Published 18 November 2008

Only 3 categories of retail stood out for their rises in sales in September, a month marked by numerous falls.

 

Overall sales were up 2.2%, 1.8% excluding vehicle-related sectors. That followed a 0.9% fall in August & 2.5% rise in July.

 

The double-digit rises, compared to a year earlier (not the month before & not seasonally adjusted) were in fresh produce (16.9%), bars & clubs (14.6%) and fuel (18.9&).

 

The biggest falls were in furniture & floor coverings (15.6%), personal & household goods hiring (13.5%), hardware (8.5%), vehicles (7.9%) & recreational goods (6.6%).

 

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Retail sales up 5.7% in year, Auckland stays very quiet

Published 13 September 2007Retail sales rose 3.6% from June to July, and by 5.7% from a year ago, according to Statistics NZ tables released today.

Excluding vehicle-related trade, the rise was the same from June but down to 5% from July 2006.

Auckland was the quietest region in the country for the second month – up from 2.1% growth in June to 2.9% in July, well below the next region up the list, Wellington on 4.9% growth. Retail trade in the South Island was up 8.5%, led by Canterbury with 9% growth. Waikato retail business increased by 7.7%.

Vehicle-related sales rose from $1.43 billion in July 2006 to $1.485 billion in June, $1.54 billion in July – up 7.5% over the year, up 3.6% on June. Vehicle sales were up 13.5% on July 2006, while fuel sales were 0.1% ahead after 2 negative months.

Total retail sales were $5.28 billion, and $3.74 billion excluding vehicle-related trade.

Groceries were up 6.6%, liquor up 5.3%, but fresh produce sales fell 4.9%. Takeaways were up 10.2%, the smallest increase for that category this year. The biggest gain for takeaways was 18% in May.

Hardware sales have been big all year and increased by 18.4% in July. Furniture & floor coverings were up 8.3%, appliance sales up 3.8%, sales of recreation goods fell 0.9% and trading by bars & clubs fell by 5.2%, the third successive negative month.

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Retail sales 6% up on year ago but easing

Published 14 August 2007

Retail sales (excluding automotive) rose 6% in June compared to June 2006 – the smallest percentage increase of the year.

 

Sales were 7.5% higher in January and got to 8.6% higher in March before starting to ease. Including the 4 automotive categories, the year started 6.9% ahead, got to 7.4% in March & April and fell to 4.8% in June.

 

Total sales in June were $5.1 billion, of which $1.5 billion was in the automotive categories.

 

Statistics NZ’s tables show the biggest increases for the month were in hardware (up 19.4%), footwear (18.5%), takeaways (13.6%) & hireage of personal & household goods (12.9%). Fresh produce sales fell 4.7%, other food 4.4%, bars & clubs 3.4%.

 

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