21 Jan 2009

November retail sales flat

5:37 pm on 21 January 2009

Retail sales were flat in November 2008 - increasing by 0.1% from the previous month.

Statistics New Zealand says car sales were up 6.9% month-on-month, but that boost was offset by a fall in fuel sales due to cheaper petrol.

Regionally, there was more spending in Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury, but sales were down in Wellington.

Guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation fell 4% in November compared with the same month a year earlier.