NAB’s April online retail index for April is out and shows slowing growth:
According to the Index, the value of online sales in Australia for the year to April 2012 was $11.1 billion. However, our research shows a clear slowdown in growth over the past year, with year-on-year growth rates declining to 15.5% in April. The Household goods and Electronics sector was the key driver of this slowdown, with growth rates turning negative in April, at -5%. This sector clearly diverges from other categories, which were stable at or above 20% year-on-year. Weakening in domestic demand and consumer behaviour regarding recent tablet sales may have contributed to this trend. Overall, growth rates for online retail still outstrip traditional retail growth, demonstrating a gradual but steady shift in buying behaviour. Western Australia is driving online growth, with the 30s, 40s and 50s age groups driving an exceptionally strong 32% year-on-year online growth level.
Full report below.