Retail is growing at an annualised rate of about 7% over that time.
"The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.7% in November 2013. This follows a rise of 0.5% in October 2013 and a rise of 0.9% in September 2013."
"In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 4.1% in November 2013 compared with November 2012."
Anecdotally, there may have been some good volumes over the Xmas period too.
This is an expected consequence of lower interest rates and cheaper mortgage repayments.
The building approvals data was not amazing, but still total units approved are up by more than 22% on a year ago, so the trend is pretty good and back at the levels seen in early 2010.
Stand by for interest rate hikes in 2014?