3 Dec 2010

Retail sales in Australia down

8:41 am on 3 December 2010

Retail sales in Australia slumped in October.

Sales were down 1.1% in October, seasonally adjusted, and September's sales growth was also revised down to an increase of 0.1%.

The ABC reports the fall was the biggest since July 2009.

The biggest fall was in restaurants, cafes and takeaway food (down 4.8%), with clothing footwear and personal accessory sales down 4.6%.

Other retailing was down 2%, while department store sales also slipped 1.1%.

The best rise was in food retailing, which was 0.6% higher, while household good sales were 0.5% higher.