Excluding the department stores reading retail turnover would have been up by +0.4 per cent for the month, so we'll have to wait and see what next month brings.
State versus state
This month's surprise negative result knocked the quarterly and annual figures for NSW and Victoria quite hard.
Department stores crunched
Leaving aside the department stores outlier, it's become clear that the household goods boom that piggy-backed off rising house prices as now ended.
The best performing sector of the year has been clothing and footwear.