Fuel sales â€“ up $70 million on June 2003 to $$352 million â€“ had a big influence in pushing retail sales up 8.9% to $4.34 billion in June. Retail sales for the June quarter were 7.7% higher.
The monthly level of fuel sales jumped at the end of last year to a range just under $360 million, so in that context the June figure is not extraordinary. But compared to last June, fuel sales were up 24.7%, after rises of 19.4% in April & 21.2% in May.
The 4 automotive categories of retailing took about $1.2 billion in sales every month until February this year. In March, car sales jumped 18.4% to $786 million, dropped in April but made the $700 million mark in May & June. Automotive sales were worth $1.42 billion in March and have been around $1.3 billion/moth since then â€“ roughly $100 million/month more habitually spent on vehicles.
Sales of takeaways & “other” food both rose by more than 25% in June, hardware sales rose 20.2%, accommodation rose 10.4% and cafÃ©s & restaurants 9%.
Retail sales/head scaled the $3000/quarter mark in the December 2000 quarter, did the usual Christmas spike again the next year then moved permanently above $3000 in the September 2002 quarter.
The post-Christmas dropoff is still about $2-300 million, but the level is about $800 million above what it was in 1998 and $500 million above what it was in 2001. Sales in the December 2003 quarter hit $3517/head and in June were $3243/head.
Retail sales in the Auckland region rose 12.8% in June to $1.5 billion, continuing a series of double-figure rises every month this year.
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