For the September 2015 quarter, compared with the June 2015 quarter, seasonally adjusted figures show that in Christchurch city:
- Total retail and hospitality sales rose 2.4 percent (nationally, sales rose 1.4 percent).
- Retail sales rose 2.8 percent.
- Hospitality sales were unchanged.
Total retail and hospitality growth was similar for Christchurch and New Zealand before the earthquakes, but diverged markedly between the June 2010 and September 2012 quarters.
The graph shows that from early 2013, continued growth in the Christchurch series has maintained its gap ahead of the national growth level, with a further surge in sales over recent quarters.
Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
22 December 2015