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Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2022

Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2022

13 April 2022

March has seen smoother retail prospects when compared to the very choppy conditions across January and February, with our forecast pointing to moderate growth in the month.

Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2022

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Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2021

Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2021

10 November 2021

Retail conditions in lockdown-affected areas have clearly been challenging for many businesses, but with reopening here, consumers are bouncing back and spending has returned.

Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2021

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Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2021

Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2021

14 April 2021

2021 is already showing signs that the retail sector is returning to something resembling “normal”, which is likely to see lower retail spending in areas like household goods, electronics and similar sectors.

Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2021

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FX business focus: retail

FX business focus: retail

15 March 2021

A new podcast that looks at what strategies clients used to manage the recent foreign exchange market volatility.

FX business focus: retail
Cashless Retail Sales Index: November 2020

Cashless Retail Sales Index: November 2020

9 December 2020

Victorian retail sales are now tracking just behind New South Wales and Queensland on a year ended basis. Western Australia remains the strongest performer, but other states are catching up.

Cashless Retail Sales Index: November 2020

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Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2020

Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2020

11 November 2020

The retail sector has proven to be very resilient this year, although many consumers have changed their spending behaviour, leading to a boom for some retailers and bust for others.

Cashless Retail Sales Index: October 2020

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NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: June 2020

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: June 2020

15 July 2020

Our data mapping points to a moderate fall in June, following massive swings in March, April and May suggesting there has been some stabilisation in retail sales.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: June 2020

Podcast

E-commerce in COVID-19

E-commerce in COVID-19

24 April 2020

E-commerce has been impacting the sales of bricks-and-mortar for years but the arrival of COVID-19 has accelerated changes in shopping behaviour. 

E-commerce in COVID-19
NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2019

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2019

22 January 2020

Our forecast points to a negative (-0.1% m/m) print for December, in line with our view that the strong November ABS print largely represented Christmas spending brought forward by expanded Black Friday sales.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2019
NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: July 2019

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: July 2019

21 August 2019

We continue to see considerable disparities between retail sub-sectors. On a yearly basis, our data shows department stores, clothing and footwear going backwards, while household goods is barely in positive territory. Cafes, restaurants & takeaways are outperforming.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: July 2019
NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: May 2019

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: May 2019

19 June 2019

The ABS retail trade measure will see a modest (0.2% m/m) return to positive territory in May, indicating little or no bounce back from April’s disappointing result.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: May 2019
NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2019

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2019

17 April 2019

The strong ABS print in February exceeded our expectations and indeed those of the market. It’s fair to say that we are sceptical whether such strong growth will continue.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: March 2019
NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2018

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2018

23 January 2019

This month we continue our podcast series to accompany the NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index. It’s a short, 10 minute podcast, designed to give you a quick summary of the major drivers of the index this month. To listen, just click the link below.

NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index: December 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018

11 September 2018

The business conditions index rose by 2pts to +15 index points in August, recovering some of the ground lost in recent months. Business confidence fell 3pts to +4 index points and is now below average.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018
NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 2018

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 2018

30 August 2018

Total NAB customer spending grew 5.6% y/y in Q2 2018, down from 6.8% in the previous quarter and 3.9% in the same quarter a year ago. It grew faster in metropolitan (6.5%) than regional (5.1%) areas.

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 2018
NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018

23 August 2018

Consumer anxiety up steeply in Q2. Overall spending tightens as concerns about the economy and our household financial positions grow. Spending on utilities a key expense, and growing.

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018

14 August 2018

The business conditions index fell by 2pts to +12 index points in July, continuing its run of declines since April. Business confidence ticked up 1pt to +7 index points, an around average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018

10 July 2018

The business conditions index ticked up by 1pt to +15 index points in June, after easing in the previous month. The business confidence edged down 1pts to +6 index points, to be around its long-run average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018
NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018

3 July 2018

NAB Online Retail Sales Index (NORSI) slowed slightly in May (+1.2% mom s.a.) from stronger growth in April (1.6%). 12 months to growth was also slower in May, with sales up 17.2% compared to April’s 12 month to growth of 18.4%. While slowing, trend online retail sales is still much stronger compared to the same period a year ago.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018

12 June 2018

The business conditions index decreased by 6pts to +15 index points, easing back from the historical highs seen in April. The business confidence index fell by 5pts to +6 index points, to be around its long-run average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018
Spikes in demand: preparing

Spikes in demand: preparing

10 May 2018

A big order could completely transform your business but there’s a limit to how much anyone (or any small business) can handle. BDO partner Dr Mark Pizzacalla and Total Image Group CEO Pamela Jabbour discuss preparation, parameters and being strong enough to say ‘no’.

Spikes in demand: preparing
Alipay has landed

Alipay has landed

7 May 2018

With 1.2 million visitors injecting $10 billion into the Australian economy each year, and almost one third of our international students now coming from China, Chinese custom is big business. Alibaba Australia’s MD explains Alipay.

Alipay has landed
NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017

4 May 2018

Total NAB customer spending accelerated to 5.0% y/y in Q4 2017, from 3.0% y/y in the previous quarter with spending growth up across all metropolitan and regional areas.

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017
NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018

26 April 2018

Insights into the mindset of Australian consumers – anxieties around future spending and savings plans, household finances, the economy, financial concerns & how these are impacting spending behaviours and levels of financial hardship.

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018
NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017

7 February 2018

NAB’s Consumer Anxiety Index* was basically unchanged in Q4 2017 at near survey lows with job security causing Australians the least stress, consistent with a strongly improving labour market.

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017
NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017

27 September 2017

Insights into the mindset of Australian consumers – their anxieties around future spending and savings plans, what drives these concerns and how they are impacting actual spending behaviours and financial hardship.

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017
The future of retail

The future of retail

20 September 2017

With technology developing at an unprecedented pace and customer expectations constantly evolving, business survival is dependent on understanding and adapting to this changing landscape.

The future of retail
Pets are big business

Pets are big business

15 September 2017

At last count, the Australian pet industry was estimated at $8 billion. Business View looks at the changing nature of pet ownership and talks to three businesses tapping into the trend.

Pets are big business
NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2017

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2017

11 July 2017

Business conditions hit another multi-year high, with most industries performing well. Stronger trading conditions (sales) and profitability drove the improvement, while employment conditions were steady.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2017
Financial Anxiety Survey: Q1 2017

Financial Anxiety Survey: Q1 2017

15 June 2017

Financial anxiety eases but 4 in 10 consumers still experienced some form of financial hardship in the last 3 months. Financial anxiety continues to be a bigger issue for young people (particularly women) and low income earners.

Financial Anxiety Survey: Q1 2017
NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q1 2017

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q1 2017

24 May 2017

NAB’s Consumer Anxiety Index - which measures concerns about future spending and savings arising from job security, health, retirement, cost of living and government polices - fell to a survey low 55.9 points in Q1 2017 (58.7 in Q4 2016).

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q1 2017
Markets Today: Brexit Poker Face

Markets Today: Brexit Poker Face

10 January 2017

Global equities were mostly lower overnight, dragged lower by the oil price. That added to an already uncertain tone following indications that the UK may be hurtling towards a harder Brexit than first thought.

Markets Today: Brexit Poker Face
Markets Today: Pay 2 Play

Markets Today: Pay 2 Play

2 December 2016

Talk of oil cuts has been enough to see prices rise again overnight, up 15% this week. So what’s it doing to bond yields and the US dollar?

Markets Today: Pay 2 Play
NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2016

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2016

13 September 2016

The results from this month’s survey remain broadly consistent with our prior view of the economy and the near-term outlook. It points to a patchy, but sustained, improvement in the non-mining economy, with the major services sectors and construction leading the way.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2016
Dressed for business success

Dressed for business success

8 September 2016

Listening to their customers’ needs and responding has helped husband and wife team Anoop and Fiona Anchal build a successful business specialising in custom-made corporate uniforms.

Dressed for business success
NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016

3 August 2016

National Australia Bank’s latest Online Retail Sales Index (NORSI) shows online spending grew by 13.5% in the 12 months to June 2016. While still strong, growth has flattened from the year-on-year growth seen back in 2011 when the index was first established.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016
Infrastructure bonds: A missing market for retail investors?

Infrastructure Bonds: A missing market For retail investors?

22 July 2016

This is the sixth in a series of reports prepared by the Australian Centre for Financial Studies for National Australia Bank aimed at explaining the potential role of corporate bonds in retail investor portfolios and promoting growth of the corporate bond market.

Infrastructure bonds: A missing market for retail investors?
Kookai’s 0M-plus clothing empire

Kookai’s $100M-plus clothing empire

14 July 2016

Rob Cromb has presided over the evolution of Kookai in Australia, from its early years as a Parisian label imported on consignment to its current incarnation as a local designer, manufacturer and retailer.

Kookai’s 0M-plus clothing empire
24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer

24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer

17 June 2016

Jeremy Meltzer is the founder of i=Change, which gives participating online retailers an easy way to donate money from every sale. He came up with the idea of giving $1 from every sale to a development project while in New York promoting Yellingbo Gold.

24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer
Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king

Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king

9 March 2016

When Peter Alexander started his business, he always had a Plan B. Alexander says planning for the worst allowed him to focus on the future of his business, which now turns over $150 million a year, has close to 100 retail outlets and is planning to expand overseas.

Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king
The dining boom

The dining boom

3 March 2016

With the mining boom at an end, the dining boom has certainly fuelled the Australian agricultural sector. This sector is 5 percent of the Small Ordinaries and has been a source of great returns over the past few years.

The dining boom
NAB Quarterly Australian Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2015

NAB Quarterly Australian Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2015

23 December 2015

The NAB Quarterly Australian Behaviour Survey (formerly NAB Consumer Anxiety Report) shows consumer anxiety falling again (and to its lowest level since Q4 2014), amid more signs of improvement in the labour market and non-mining segments of the economy.

NAB Quarterly Australian Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2015
New Payments Platform set to transform Australian business

New Payments Platform set to transform Australian business

2 December 2015

From real-time payment processing to seamless reconciliation, the New Payments Platform (NPP) will transform the way we transact and do business. Eric Tsang, Head of Group Payments Development at NAB, discusses the potential of this world-leading Australian initiative.

New Payments Platform set to transform Australian business
NAB Online Retail Sales Index – September 2015

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – September 2015

30 October 2015

At 1.1% the latest seasonally adjusted NAB online retail sales index shows sales accelerated in September (possibly iphone 6S related), an improvement on the 0.6% recorded in August, and a rebound on the July contraction (-1.4).

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – September 2015
NAB Online Retail Sales Index – August 2015

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – August 2015

1 October 2015

The latest NAB online retail sales index figures show sales grew in August. In dollar terms, its estimated Australians spent $17.5 billion on online retail in the last year. Growth accelerated for electronic games and toys which leads growth, along with media and fashion.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – August 2015
NAB Online Retail Sales Index – July 2015

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – July 2015

2 September 2015

We estimate Australians spent $17.4 billion on online retail in the 12 months to July 2015 which level is equivalent to 7.1% of spending at traditional bricks & mortar retailers excluding cafés, restaurants and takeaway food.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – July 2015
Australian Markets Weekly

Australian Markets Weekly

31 August 2015

The RBA Board is sure to leave the cash rate at 2% on Tuesday and their Statement is likely to again signal a very modest easing bias. Absolutely no intent, but nonetheless an acknowledgement that if needed they still have 200bps of interest rates to play with.

Australian Markets Weekly
Australian Markets Weekly: Survival of the fittest

Australian Markets Weekly: Survival of the fittest

24 August 2015

The Economist this week carries a topical article on commodities, “Goodbye to all that: a decade of binging on raw materials may leave an even longer hangover”, outlining the pressure on producers now from declining prices.

Australian Markets Weekly: Survival of the fittest
Australian Markets Weekly: More on the employment conundrum

Australian Markets Weekly: More on the employment conundrum

17 August 2015

Noteworthy developments last week from the RBA, were: (i) the Deputy Governor attribute most of the recent increase in Australian house prices to an increase in land prices; and (ii) Assistant Governor Chris Kent add the composition of recent Australian growth (and possible mismeasurement issues for services growth) to the list of explanations as to why Australian employment and unemployment outcomes had outperformed expectations despite as expected relatively slow GDP growth.

Australian Markets Weekly: More on the employment conundrum
NAB Online Retail Sales Index – June 2015

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – June 2015

3 August 2015

At -0.1% the latest seasonally adjusted nab online retail sales index shows sales growth was virtually flat in May, a significant slowdown on the 1.6% growth recorded in April. At 0.5%, the trend estimate for online retail sales was unchanged on the previous month.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index – June 2015
Australian Markets Weekly: Growth divide still a focus for the RBA

Australian Markets Weekly: Growth divide still a focus for the RBA

3 August 2015

Event risk aplenty this week with the RBA August Board meeting tomorrow, Friday’s RBA Statement on Monetary Policy (SoMP) and key economy reports. Among those data points, the most market sensitive is tomorrow’s retail sales along with a wider trade deficit.

Australian Markets Weekly: Growth divide still a focus for the RBA
Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – March 2015

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – March 2015

5 May 2015

The latest NAB online retail sales index shows sales experienced growth of 0.8% in March, seasonally adjusted. At 0.3%, the trend estimate for Online retail sales slowed relative to February, but remained positive. We estimate that online sales are now 8.0% higher compared to a year ago.

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – March 2015
Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – February 2015

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – February 2015

2 April 2015

Online retail experienced strong growth in February, with sales growing 1.7% compared to January (0.3%). This month’s NORSI trend growth result is much faster than that recorded in February 2014 (0.2%). We estimate that online sales are now 8.7% higher compared to a year ago.

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – February 2015
Lisa McGuigan: The winemaker flying high

Lisa McGuigan: The winemaker flying high

13 March 2015

Lisa McGuigan’s eponymous wine label really took off when she secured a deal to create wine for Jetstar’s inflight service. Now her wines are stocked by 350 retailers and restaurants across Australia. She shares her story and next big step: selling her wine into overseas markets.

Lisa McGuigan: The winemaker flying high
Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – December 2014

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – December 2014

4 February 2015

Online retail experienced a modest growth in December, with sales growing 0.1% compared to November (-0.3%), and 8.9% higher compared to a year ago. In dollar terms, we estimate Australians spent $16.4 billion on online retail in the 12 months to December 2014.

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – December 2014
2015: Opportunities for SMEs in the year ahead

2015: Opportunities for SMEs in the year ahead

14 January 2015

2015 could be a good year for smaller businesses. Dean Pearson, NAB’s Head of Industry Analysis, looks at opportunities sector by sector, suggests ways to make the most of them and explains how technology is helping to level the playing field for SMEs.

2015: Opportunities for SMEs in the year ahead
Online Retail Sales Index – November 2014

Online Retail Sales Index – November 2014

22 December 2014

Online sales growth slows markedly in November with most categories following suit. Despite the general slowdown, at category level, Electronic Games and Toys maintained recent momentum. In dollar terms, Australians spent approxinately $16.3 billion on online retail.

Online Retail Sales Index – November 2014
Collette Dinnigan: For the love of fashion and family

Collette Dinnigan: For the love of fashion and family

11 December 2014

After 24 years in business Collette Dinnigan took the bold move of restructuring her business so she could focus on the purely creative elements of being a designer and devote more time to her young family. One year on, she reflects on her decision.

Collette Dinnigan: For the love of fashion and family
Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – October 2014

Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – October 2014

3 December 2014

Australia’s online retail spending increased to $16.19 billion for the year to October 2014, or by 11.9% annually. It now represents around 6.8% of traditional retail spending. The share of domestic spending continues to edge higher, now controlling 75.2% of total online spending.

Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – October 2014
24 hours with Erica and Trudi from hardtofind

24 hours with Erica and Trudi from hardtofind

26 September 2014

Since 2008, Erica and Trudi’s online gift site has grown to represent more than 700-curated sellers offering 25,000 products. Recently named by SmartCompany as Australia’s seventh fastest growing small business in 2013-2014, the two owners share a day in the life of running hardtofind.

24 hours with Erica and Trudi from hardtofind
Retail sales growing modestly in 2014

Retail sales growing modestly in 2014

5 September 2014

Australian retail sales rose 0.4% in July, a good result that builds on the 0.6% growth in June. We were expecting a stronger gain but it nevertheless reaffirms that the negative impact from the Federal Budget on retail spending in May was temporary.

Retail sales growing modestly in 2014
Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – July 2014

Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – July 2014

3 September 2014

Australia’s online retail spending continues to increase following a period of more subdued growth and is now valued at around $15.6 billion for the year to July 2014. This represents annual growth of 8.6%, placing online at around 6.6% of traditional retail spending.

Online Retail Sales Index: In depth report – July 2014
Australian States Handbook 2014

Australian States Handbook 2014

22 August 2014

Australia’s Federal system of Government makes State Governments a critical part of the overall fiscal and economic performance of Australia. This handbook is intended to provide a comprehensive update and reference tool on both the economies and fiscal finances for each State.

Australian States Handbook 2014
Talking Shop – Winter 2014

Talking Shop – Winter 2014

22 August 2014

The Winter edition of Talking Shop covers a range of topics designed to help your business prepare for a successful festive season including keeping your business safe, accepting UnionPay and harnessing the power of Facebook. There’s also tips for making the switch to PIN.

Talking Shop – Winter 2014
Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – June 2014

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – June 2014

31 July 2014

Online retail showed further encouraging signs of growth in June, to be 0.9% higher compared to May, and 9.5% higher compared to a year ago. On the other hand, ABS data showed negative comparable sales growth at traditional retailers in May, to be 0.3% lower than April

Online Retail Sales Index monthly update – June 2014
Case study: How Tiger Pistol delivered results in 24 hours

Case study: How Tiger Pistol delivered results in 24 hours

11 July 2014

The Wine Liquidation Centre promoted a flash sale on Facebook for the first time, and it delivered $7,000 worth of sales in the first 24 hours! With help from Tiger Pistol, they also noticed an increase in foot traffic at their warehouse sales and in subscriptions to their newsletter.

Case study: How Tiger Pistol delivered results in 24 hours