Total retail spend in NZ for the 28 days ending 28 February 2016 was $3.5 billion. This represents an increase of 3.8% compared to the same period last year, and an increase of 4.6% when compared to the previous month.
Categories with the greatest increases when compared to the previous month were Health Goods & Services (+21.1%), Liquor Stores (+10.8%) and Travel & Accommodation (+6.5%). Month on month spend was also up in the Furniture/Appliances/Electronics (+3.0%) and Supermarkets/Food Retailers (+6.3%) categories, reversing the month on month decrease seen in January. The greatest month on month decreases were seen in Clothing & Footwear (-4.1%) and Books & Stationery Stores (-3.2%) categories. Home & Building Supplies also experienced a month on month decrease (-2.5%) but was up when compared to the same period last year (+13.3%).
Other categories with notable year on year increases were Liquor Stores (+8.8%), Café/Restaurants/Bars (+7.9%) and Travel & Accommodation (+6.8%).