Total retail spend in NZ for the 28 days ending 28 April 2016 was $3.5 billion. This represents an increase of 3.5% compared to the same period last year, and an increase of 1.4% when compared to the previous month.
Categories with the greatest increases when compared to the previous month were Clothing & Footwear (+16.6%), Recreation & Entertainment (+10.9%) and Department Stores (+7.7%). Travel & Accommodation and Liquor Stores saw month on month decreases of 7.0% and 2.7% respectively. However, sales did increase when compared to the same period last year with Travel & Accommodation up 7.9% and Liquor Stores up 7.6%.
The Home & Building Supplies category continues to see significant increases in year on year spend, this month up 17.8% compared to the same period last year. Other categories to see notable increases in year on year spend were Health Goods & Services (+13.8%), Café/Restaurants/Bars (+8.6%) and Furniture/Appliances/Electronics (+7.6%). The only categories to see decreases in year on year spend were Fuel/Service Stations (-5.1%), Department Stores (-3.8%) and Recreation & Entertainment (-2.7%).