Australia provisional retail sales up 3.3% in July

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers walk past sales signs on display in the window of a retail store at a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

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