2019 Christmas retail sales to grow 2.6% to $52.7 billion

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 19-Nov-19

Roy Morgan’s annual Christmas retail sales forecasts conducted in conjunction with the Australian Retailers Association indicate that Australians will spend over $52.7 billion across retail stores during the Christmas trading period. This is an increase of 2.6% from the $51.4 billion of retail expenditure during the 2018 Christmas trading period. Growth in retail expenditure is predicted across all six categories measured, with spending on Food expected to grow by 3.2% from a year ago to nearly $21.7 billion. Also set to grow strongly will be Apparel, including clothing, footwear and accessories, up 3% to almost $4.2 billion. Hospitality businesses are forecast to grow by 2.3% to an expenditure of well over $7.4 billion, and an impressive $8.8 billion is expected to be spent on Household Goods this Christmas, an increase of 0.6% from a year ago. Department stores are set to experience slower growth than other categories, up by 0.5%, to overall spending of almost $3 billion. The category combining ‘Other retailing’, which includes online retailing, is predicted to experience the fastest growth of all, up by 3.7% to spending of over $7.6 billion.


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