Boost for retailers with sales climbing

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.''

University of Tasmania international students Sean Ji, Tim Wei and Leon Liu shopping in Launceston yesterday. 

 Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

University of Tasmania international students Sean Ji, Tim Wei and Leon Liu shopping in Launceston yesterday. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop