Supermarkets drive food growth in July

supermarketAustralian food sales growth has increased in July, driven by stronger spending in supermarkets and on liquor, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Food retail sales lifted by 0.7 per cent for the month on a seasonally adjusted basis, while supermarket and grocery sales rose 0.5 per cent to $8.8 billion, clawing back a 0.1 per cent decline in June.

Liquor retailing grew 0.2 per cent to $992.2 million, while other specialised food sales grew 0.7 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. The figures underpinned a slightly less-optimistic retail outlook, with total retail sales stagnating after rising 0.2 per cent in June and 0.6 per cent in May.

Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food sales rose 0.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in July, driven by a turnaround in takeaway food services, which grew 0.4 per cent after declining 0.7 per cent in June, offsetting a weakening in cafes and restaurants, which declined 0.1 per cent.

Food retailing is now growing at a rate of 3.88 per cent year-on-year, with supermarket sales growth now recording 3.9 per cent year-on-year growth. Cafés, restaurants and takeaway food services sales are now growing at 4.48 per cent year-on-year. Victoria remains the strongest state in terms of year-on-year retail growth at 5.63 per cent, while Western Australia lags at 1.37 per cent.

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