NSW Retail Sales Growth Better

“Gifts and homewares retailers will be pleased to hear March and April retail sales growth statistics heading into to their first Gift and homewares trade fair of the coming Christmas/Summer season. The home and giving fair will be held 4th to 7th July at Sydney Olympic  Park, Homebush NSW and GHA exhibitors are cautiously optimistic of a reasonable result follwing a better than expected end to last season at the February 2009 Home & giving fair. New South Wales leads the way with the highest increase in retail sales growth according to the latest ABS statistics. New South Wales grew by 1.3%,  with Queensland (+0.8%), Tasmania (+0.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+0.9%). Victoria was virtually unchanged, while South Australia (-0.1%), Western Australia (-2.4%) and the Northern Territory (-4.6%) all decreased in April 2009. Australia wide, the Retail sales figures have again risen in April with a national increase of 0.3% following a 2.2% incease in March 2009. Industries that had an increase in April 2009 (seasonally adjusted) were – Clothing and soft good retailing (+0.8%), Household good retailing (+3.9%) and Other retailing (+0.1%), while the Food retailing (-0.2%), Department stores (-2.8%) and Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.5%) industries had a decrease.”

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