Retail Turnover Falls 17.9% in April

Power Retail By Power Retail | 20 May 2020

The ABS has released its retail turnover report for April, with a 17.9 percent fall for the month – but online is booming more than ever.

The report found that this is the ‘strongest seasonally adjusted’ fall ever published from the Retail Trade survey. Turnover was down 9.4 percent compared to April 2019.

via ABS

The fall was driven primarily by the food industry, which fell 17.1 percent. Due to the pandemic, these results reflect the mixed month of March.

Turnover in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, and cafes, restaurants and takeaways is around half the level of April 2019, the report found.

Despite this drop in foot traffic and brick-and-mortar sales, online retail has experienced a ‘strong result’ for the month.  According to the report, online retail accounts for ten percent of total retail turnover.

“Weekly spending data in April highlighted the changing behaviour in Australian consumers after March’s panic-buying settled,” said a report from Zip.

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