18/03/2021 - 06:00

Retail boom could slow

18/03/2021 - 06:00

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Retail spending could grow 10.6 per cent this financial year in Western Australia, Deloitte forecasts, nearly double the national rate.

Retail boom could slow
Retailers have had a stellar 2021 financial year so far. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Retail spending could grow 10.6 per cent this financial year in Western Australia, Deloitte forecasts, nearly double the national rate.

But that strong rate of growth won’t continue, Deloitte’s Retail Forecasts report says.

Retail spending will shrink by 1.7 per cent in the 2022 financial year, and a further 0.3 per cent in the year following.

WA will go from having the biggest surge in retail spending in the year to June 2021 to having the worst performance of any state in the two years following.

Nationally, Deloitte’s report said while 2021 was a recovery year, a transition back to normal spending in future could mean windfalls were temporary.

“A big driver of the strong performance in 2020 was retail’s ability to remain open to trade,” the report said.

“Households benefited from substantial fiscal stimulus payments, and with limited options available to spend this income on, a large chunk of income was shifted to savings. 

“But with many retailers still able to operate and online retailing providing a key channel to consumers, retail goods were an appealing buy for consumers stuck at home.

“There are some challenges ahead. 

“The fiscal stimulus tap has been turned down to a drip meaning less money for households to spend. 

“Luckily, they are more likely to feel like spending it given the good news on vaccines and limited restrictions across activities. 

“Unfortunately for retailers, this also means more opportunities for non-retail spending with spending shifting back towards travel and hospitality over 2021.”

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