Trend retail trade has increased nicely from $21.7 billion at the end of 2012 to $24.7 billion.
Over the past 18 months total industry retail turnover has declined only once, in July last year.
State versus state
Although household goods retail has picked up strongly of late, department stores have struggled to main market share as online retail has taken hold.
Household goods retail turnover has led the way for some time now, with an impressive 6.6 per cent growth over the year to November.
Perhaps surprisingly the slowest annual growth was seen in the food retailing space, while department stores saw turnover slip in the month of November.