Retail Trade Survey: September 2012 quarter

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 November 2012
Media release  – 
Quiet quarter for retailers

Key facts

For the September 2012 quarter, compared with the June 2012 quarter (seasonally adjusted):

  • The total volume of retail sales fell 0.4 percent.
  • The total value of retail sales fell 0.8 percent.
  • Three of the largest retail industries – supermarket and grocery stores, motor-vehicle and parts retailing, and fuel retailing – had decreased sales values.
  • Hardware, building, and garden supplies sales volumes rose 4.2 percent, boosted by sales in Canterbury.

 Graph – Retail industry contributions to change in seasonally adjusted sales values, change from June 2012 quarter.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

14 November 2012
ISSN 1178-0355