Vehicle retailing, the biggest retail category outside groceries, jumped 18.4% in March to $786 million and overall retailing spending for the month was 10.7% higher than a year earlier, Statistics NZ’s monthly retail trade survey shows.
Total retail spending for the month was $4.7 billion.
Big category rises were made by other personal services 22.9%, chemist retailing 21.6%, other food retailing 20.5% & hardware 20.4%. Takeaways, under pressure from obesity campaigns, rose 12.3%, accommodation 7.6%.
Auckland sales totalled $1.6 billion, up 14.6% for the month. For the March quarter, Auckland spending was up 12.5% to $4.5 billion.
At September 1995 prices, March quarter sales compared to the March 2003 quarter included these changes: footwear up 20.5%hardwar up 16%, auto electrical, smash repair & tyres up 14.4%, clothing & softgoods up 14.3%. Bars & clubs saw no change, cafÃ©s & restaurants experienced 2.5% growth.
Per head of population, the growth in retail spending since the March 1997 quarter has been 34.6%, from $2454/head to $3303/head.
The figures quoted above are all actual. Other news outlets (and Statistics NZ in its news release) generally refer to seasonally adjusted figures, and sometimes to trend lines.
Website: Statistics NZ