Rise in Tassie retail spend

TASMANIAN retail trade rose 0.6 per cent over March with $462.3 million spent in the state over the month.

The expenditure was up on February by $2.7 million, and $39.4 million up on March 2013, which saw a $422.9 million retail spend.

More than $4.4 billion has been spent in Tasmanian shops, restaurants, and food outlets so far this financial year.

Last financial year's total retail spend was $5.92 billion.

Nationally, the following retail industries rose in trend terms: food retailing (0.5 per cent), household goods retailing (1.1 per cent), cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1 per cent) and other retailing (0.2 per cent).

Meanwhile, spending in department stores was down by 0.6 per cent, and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing fell by 0.2 per cent in March.

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