The Australian Bureau of Statistics released retail turnover figures on 4 November 2020. The total value of retail sales in the country was down by 1.1.% as compared to August 2020.
The national retail figures have fallen but the consumption of food and essential goods still hovers positively above 2019 levels.
Household goods retailing fell 3.6% in September, in seasonally adjusted terms. Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing fell 1.1.%. Department stores rose 1% while other retailing fell 0.7% in the month of September.
In addition to this, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services grew 3.5%.
As per the statistical data provided by ABS, there has been a marked difference in the through-the-year performance of large and small businesses during the COVID-19 period.
Large businesses have recorded growth rate of 10.9% in every month since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. On the other hand, small businesses registered an average through-the-year fall in sales of 6.7% since March 2020.
Online sales had a boost during the pandemic and made up 10.6% of the total sales in September 2020.