14th AFGC CHEP Retail Index Shows Australian Retail Sales Still Strong, Despite Easing

APC chartGrowth strong but slowing

The 14th AFGC CHEP Retail Index released today shows year-on-year growth in retail sales remains strong despite easing moderately in the June quarter.

The Index shows year-on-year retail sales growth was 5.2 per cent in the June quarter down from 5.8 per cent in the March quarter, and year-on-year growth for the month of June was 4.9 per cent with a turnover of $23.11 billion, up from $23.01 billion in March.

Australian Food & Grocery Council CEO Gary Dawson said: “It’s pleasing to see growth is still quite strong at around 5 percent given that this period includes the impact on consumer sentiment of the May Federal Budget. Interest rates continue to remain low, and the labour market is picking up, so year on year

Looking ahead nationally, growth in the Index is expected to remain at the current pace, with a rise of 5.1 per cent forecast for both the September quarter and month of August, with a turnover of $23.32 billion forecast in August.

However, retail performance across the states continues to be variable, with Western Australia seeing no retail sales growth over the past year while New South Wales enjoyed 8 per cent growth.

CHEP Australia & New Zealand President, Phillip Austin, said: “Although some states are doing it tougher than others, we’re delighted that CHEP’s data insights are showing retail sales growth will continue to be strong overall in the next quarter. We will continue to work with manufacturers and retailers across the country to find increased supply chain efficiencies to support growth in the food and grocery retail sector.”

The next AFGC CHEP Retail Index will be released in late October 2014. To read the Index visit www.afgc.org.au or http://www.chep.com/blog/home/

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