Total retail spend in NZ for the 28 days ending 28 June 2016 was $3.4 billion. This represents a decrease of 0.9% compared to the previous month and an increase of 3.1% compared to the same period last year.
Categories which saw an increase in spend compared to the previous month were Furniture/Appliances/Electronics (+5.5%), Fuel/Service Stations (+1.5%), Clothing & Footwear (+1.1%) and Department Stores (+0.9%). All other categories saw a decrease in month on month spend.
The greatest decreases were seen in Travel & Accommodation (-7.3%), Books & Stationery Stores (-5.3%) and Health Goods & Services (-5.1%). Increases in spend compared to the same period last year were led by Café/Restaurants/Bars (+9.5%), Liquor Stores (+8.9%), Clothing & Footwear (+7.3%) and Home & Building Supplies (+7.3%). Fuel/Service Stations (-5.6%) and Travel & Accommodation (-4.5%) were the only categories to see a year on year decrease in spend this month.