SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian retail sales rose again in July, preliminary data showed on Friday, with gains in all states and territories except Victoria which relapsed into a lockdown last month following a surge in novel coronavirus cases.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday reported its preliminary estimate of retail sales rose to A$30.75 billion ($22.14 billion) in July, up a robust 12.2% on the same month last year.
This compares to an average annual rise of 2.9% in the financial year ended June 2020, the ABS said.
Household goods retailing led the monthly rises in July with turnover soaring 30% from a year ago, with sales of furniture, whitegoods and electrical items remaining strong.
Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
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