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Christchurch Retail Activity Has Risen For a Fifth Consecutive Quarter

For Christchurch city, after seasonal fluctuations are removed, total retail activity increased 1.3 percent in the December 2012 quarter. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of above-average growth, and compares with a 1.7 percent rise at the national level (see Retail Trade Survey: December 2012 quarter).

For Christchurch city, after seasonal fluctuations are removed, total retail activity increased 1.3 percent in the December 2012 quarter. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of above-average growth, and compares with a 1.7 percent rise at the national level (see Retail Trade Survey: December 2012 quarter).

This quarter's increase in Christchurch was the result of a moderate increase in retail trade and a strong rise in accommodation and food services, up 0.8 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.

“Growth in Christchurch fell behind the rest of the country after the quakes began,” industry and labour statistics manager Tehseen Islam said. “But stronger-than-average increases in Christchurch over the past year, coupled with an easing in the national trend figures, have now closed this gap.”

The sales trend for total retail activity in Christchurch has risen 9.8 percent since the quakes began, while the trend at the national level has risen 9.7 percent.

The Christchurch retail trade indicator is an experimental series. It is released by Statistics NZ to provide information on the state of the Christchurch retail trade industry after the Canterbury earthquakes that began in September 2010. Because the statistics reflect new methods that may be modified, they are released on a provisional basis.