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Queensland retail sales continue to climb as booze sales fall


Queensland’s retail trade jumped 4.5 per cent in November, the biggest rise nationally apart from the huge jump in Victoria brought about by the end of lockdowns.

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Nationally, retail sales were up 7.1 per cent after a 1.4 per cent rise in October. Victoria recorded a 22.4 per cent increase.

At the industry level, rises were recorded household goods of 12.7 per cent, clothing and footwear (26.7 per cent), department stores (21 per cent) and restuarants and takeaway (6.7 per cent).

Food retailing fell slightly and liquor retailing dropped 4.1 per cent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said the release of new gaming consoles as well as strong sales during Black Friday and the new iPhone were contributors to the rise.

Online sales continued to increase. In November online sales were 11.4 per centof total turnover, an increase on the 10.4 per cent in October and significantly higher than the same time in 2019 when it was 7.2 per cent.

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