Retail trade up 0.3% in April

Tasmania's retail trade sector enjoyed another positive month in April, according to figures released this morning.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' month retail trade figures show a 0.3 per cent growth in trend terms in Tasmania in April.

The April increase mirrors the rise in national spending of 0.4 per cent in trend terms, 0.2 per cent in seasonally adjusted figures.

The following states and territories rose in trend terms in April 2014: New South Wales (0.7%), Victoria (0.5%), Queensland (0.2%), and the Northern Territory (0.4%). Western Australia (-0.2%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.7%) and South Australia (-0.1%) fell in trend terms in April.

The following states and territories rose in seasonally adjusted terms in April 2014: Victoria (0.8%), New South Wales (0.1%), the Northern Territory (0.5%) and South Australia (0.1%). Queensland (-0.3%), the Australian Capital Territory (-0.8%) and Western Australia (-0.1%) fell in seasonally adjusted terms in April.

The largest contributor to the rise nationally was department stores (2.9 per cent), followed by food retailing (0.2 per cent), cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.5 per cent) and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.2 per cent).

These rises were partially offset by falls in household goods retailing (-1.0 per cent) and other retailing (-0.2 per cent).

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