27% plunge in car sales spoils retail landscape
Sales of motor vehicles swung into the slow lane in June but other parts of the retail landscape were in better health, according to numbers out yesterday.
The drag from the car yards sent overall retail sales down 4per cent in June compared with last year and 6.9 per cent compared with May.
If motor vehicles were excluded, June's retail sales would have risen by 2.6 per cent from a year ago and by 1 per cent over May, said the Department of Statistics.
Vehicle sales plunged a striking 26.9 per cent in June over the same month last year and 33.8 per cent over May's level.