Retail sales in Australia climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent on month in September, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday – coming in at A$26.892 billion.
That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading.
By category, sales were up for other retailing (0.6 percent), cafes restaurants and takeaway food services (0.5 percent), and food retailing (0.2 percent).
Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing was relatively unchanged (0.0 percent), while they were down for household goods retailing (-0.2 percent) and department stores (-0.1 percent).
By region, sales were up in Victoria (0.3 percent), New South Wales (0.2 percent), Queensland (0.3 percent), South Australia (0.2 percent), and Tasmania (0.5 percent).
The Australian Capital Territory was relatively unchanged (0.0 percent), while Western Australia (-0.1 percent) and the Northern Territory (-0.9 percent) both fell.
For the third quarter of 2018, retail sales picked up 0.2 percent to A$80.010 billion. That also missed expectations for an increase of 0.4 percent and was down from 1.2 percent in the three months prior.
Also on Friday, the ABS said that final demand producer prices in Australia were up 0.8 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018, accelerating from the 0.3 percent gain in the second quarter.
On a yearly basis, prices jumped 2.1 percent – up from 1.5 percent in the three months prior.
Intermediate demand producer prices were up 1.2 percent on quarter and 4.7 percent on year, while preliminary demand producer prices climbed 1.3 percent on quarter and 5.2 percent on year.