Food retail remains strong: AFGC CHEP Retail Index

Food retailers have experienced lower growth than other retail sectors, but at 4 per cent, growth remains strong.

The AFGC CHEP Retail Index, which is lead indicator for retail sales growth in Australia, was 4.2 per cent higher in June 2015 compared with June 2014.

CHEP Asia Pacific President Phillip Austin said “looking ahead to the month of August 2015, there’s a continuation of the recent trend of improving retail sales growth, with year-on-year growth reaching 4.7 per cent.

“On a quarterly basis, the Index was 4.3 per cent higher in the June quarter 2015 compared with the June quarter 2014 and growth in the Index is expected to lift to 4.6 per cent year-on year by the September quarter 2015.”

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics trend data indicates that household goods retailing continues to be the strongest performing retail sector, most likely on the back of low interest rates and a strong lift in new home building. The low interest rates also appear to be supporting some other discretionary categories, including clothing sales which have strengthened since March 2015. However, food retailers have experienced a lower growth rate of around 4 per cent since late 2014.

Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO, Gary Dawson said, “It’s encouraging to see low interest rates and a pickup in jobs growth rate flowing through to stronger retail sales. In food retailing, growth is lower than other retail sectors, but at 4 per cent or better, remains strong despite softening population growth, and is likely to continue to benefit from improved confidence and ongoing low interest rates.”

The AFGC CHEP Retail Index is a collaborative project between the Australian Food and Grocery Council and CHEP Australia, powered by Deloitte. The Index uses CHEP transactional data based on pallet movements and is a lead indicator of Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade Data.


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