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Retail Trade Survey: June 2017 quarter – corrected
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 October 2017
Key facts

Retail sales volumes rise

For the June 2017 quarter, compared with the March 2017 quarter (seasonally adjusted):

  • The total volume of retail sales rose 1.7 percent.   
  • The food and beverage industry had the largest increase in the series, up 4.2 percent. The record increase reflects the influx of sporting fans and visitors for the World Masters Games and the Lions rugby tour held in New Zealand during the June quarter.
  • Motor-vehicle and parts retailing rose 1.7 percent. This followed strong increases of 4.9 percent and 4.1 percent in the March 2017 and December 2016 quarters, respectively.
  • Accommodation volumes rose 6.1 percent. This was the largest increase for this industry in three years.

Graph, Retail industry contributions to the change in seasonally adjusted sales volumes, Change from March 2017 quarter.  

Retail sales values continue to rise

  • The total value of retail sales rose 1.4 percent ($309 million). This followed the record dollar value increase of 2.4 percent ($513 million) in the March 2017 quarter.
  • The food and beverage services industry rose 4.6 percent ($117 million). This was the largest increase in the series, and follows the strong 4.5 percent ($109 million) increase in the March 2017 quarter.
  • Motor-vehicle and parts retailing rose 2.4 percent ($77 million). This followed a record increase of 5.0 percent ($152 million) in the March 2017 quarter. 

Graph, Retail industry contributions to the change in seasonally adjusted sales values, Change from March 2017 quarter.

Regions

  • The value of sales in the North Island rose 1.7 percent ($273 million) in the June 2017 quarter, after a 2.2 percent ($358 million) rise in the March 2017 quarter.
  • The Auckland region dominated the rise in the North Island, with an increase of 2.2 percent ($179 million).
  • The value of sales in the South Island rose 0.6 percent ($33 million).
  • The Canterbury region fell 0.7 percent ($20 million), while the remainder of the South region rose 2.3 percent ($53 million).

Upcoming changes to the next Retail Trade Survey

Today, we also released a paper on Methodology changes to the Retail Trade Survey. The September quarter release will be using the new methodology and will be released on 23 November 2017.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0355
30 October 2017

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