Total retail spend in NZ for the 28 days ending 28 September 2016 was $3.5 billion. This is an increase of 4.2% compared to the previous month and an increase of 3.9% compared to the same period last year.
The greatest increases in month on month spend were in Travel & Accommodation (+18.4%), Home & Building Supplies (+14.9%) and Recreation & Entertainment (+12.1%). These categories also have the greatest increases in spend when compared to the same period last year with Travel & Accommodation up 15.5%, Recreation & Entertainment up 11.8%
and Home & Building Supplies up 8.8%.
Decreases in year on year spend were seen in the Books & Stationery Stores (-7.0%), Fuel & Service Stations (-6.0%) and Department Stores (-0.3%) categories. There were no decreases in spend when compared to the previous month.