Retail turnover rises 0.6% in January

19 February 2021

Australian retail turnover rose 0.6 per cent in January 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to preliminary retail trade figures released today by the ABS. 

Turnover rose 10.7 per cent when compared to January 2020. 

Ben James, Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys, said: “There continues to be variations in retail sales between states and territories, as COVID-19 restrictions are tightened or eased in different parts of the

The 0.6% rise follows the fall of 4.1% in December 2020. All states and territories rose, except for Queensland. NSW led the rises, up 1.0%, as Greater Sydney saw COVID-19 restrictions eased in January. 

Queensland saw a fall of 1.5%, with COVID-19 restrictions in Brisbane leading to falls, especially across Household goods retailing, Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, and Department stores. 

Food retailing led the rises, up 1.8% following a 1.7% fall in December 2020. Victoria and NSW led the rises in Supermarkets, after restrictions impacted Christmas celebrations in December 2020.