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Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas

  • November 19 2019
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Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas

By Cameron Micallef
November 19 2019

Australians are tipped to spend over $52 billion across retail stores during the Christmas trading period, according to new research.

Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas

Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas

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  • November 19 2019
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Australians are tipped to spend over $52 billion across retail stores during the Christmas trading period, according to new research.

Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas

Roy Morgan’s annual Christmas retail sales forecast suggests spending will increase by 2.6 per cent from $51.4 billion of retail expenditure during the 2018 Christmas trading period.

Roy Morgan chief executive Michele Levine said, “Christmas retail spending forecasts predict a spending increase of 2.6 per cent in 2019.”

“This is slightly below the 2.8 per cent growth of a year ago, although it remains well above the current ABS inflation rate of 1.7 per cent,” she noted. 

Growth in retail expenditure is predicted across all six categories measured, with spending on food expected to grow by 3.2 per cent from a year ago to nearly $21.7 billion. 

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Also set to grow strongly will be apparel, including clothing, footwear and accessories, up 3 per cent to almost $4.2 billion.

Hospitality businesses are forecast to grow by 2.3 per cent to an expenditure of well over $7.4 billion, and an impressive $8.8 billion is expected to be spent on household goods this Christmas, an increase of 0.6 per cent from a year ago.

Department stores are set to experience slower growth than other categories, up by 0.5 per cent, to overall spending of almost $3 billion.

Australians cutting back

While it’s predicted that Australians will spend more collectively, individuals are looking to cut back, according to St.George.

St.George’s Christmas Spending report, which surveyed 1,000 Australians, showed that:

  • 43 per cent of households have agreed on spending limits
  • 31 per cent plan to give few presents this year
  • Households have set themselves an average spending limit of $500 on gifts

nestegg previously reported that one in three Australians now considers Christmas to be the “most wasteful time of the year”.

Aussies tipped to spend $52bn this Christmas
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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