RETAIL sales in Tasmania are on the rise and the North is taking full advantage.
Figures released in the June Amos Report reveal the state generated $462.6 million in April through retail alone, compared with $422.7 million in April 2013.
Totals for March, February and January are also up.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Maree Tetlow said the report may breathe a sigh of relief for local business owners.
``Hopefully it will build some confidence in businesses looking to open retail stores regionally,'' she said.
``I haven't seen regional numbers, but I would imagine they have also gone up. But they do tend to change from region to region.
``I have heard from businesses that there has definitely been a bigger bounce in Hobart, compared to North of the state.''
Ms Tetlow said the increase in retail sales across the state could be attributed to the country's post-election economic climate.
``Consumers are having a little bit of a positive rebound and that might have to do with the elections now being out of the way,'' she said.
``In that period (January, February and March) there was quite a bit of discussion about a bounce, particularly because of a new government in place at a federal level.''