Index Predicts Moderate Growth In Retail Sales

May 12, 2016

Australian retail sales continue to grow just below trend at a moderate 3.8 per cent in the March quarter of 2016, with easing to 3.3 per cent predicted in the June quarter, according to the AFGC CHEP Retail Index released today.

Within this broader trend, in the month of March 2016, year-on-year retail growth was also at 3.8 per cent with turnover of $24.98 billion. In May, in line with the quarterly result, growth is forecast to soften to 3.3 per cent with turnover of $25.02 billion.

Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO, Gary Dawson, said: “The good news is that despite the challenges Australian manufacturers face of staying competitive in a country with high costs, low margins and food price deflation, the retail sector continues to grow year-on-year. The stronger than average retail sales growth in 2014 and 2015, which was supported by interest rate cuts and sharp falls in petrol prices, is now levelling to what might be considered normal.”

President of CHEP Asia Pacific, Phillip Austin, said: “At CHEP, we continue to support a variety of industries, such as fresh produce, consumer goods, retail, automotive, and more, each of which follow different cycles. Whatever the headwinds or opportunities faced by each industry, we will continue to work with our customers and industry partners to drive sustainable efficiencies in their supply chains.”

The AFGC CHEP Retail Index is a collaborative project between the Australian Food and Grocery Council and CHEP Australia, powered by Deloitte. The Index uses CHEP transactional data based on pallet movements and is a lead indicator of Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade Data.

The next AFGC CHEP Retail Index will be released in late July 2016. To read the Index and access more background information, visit or


More information:

James Mathews, AFGC Media 
Contact 0407 416 002

Kathryn Crofts, CHEP Australia Media
Contact 0437 108 844

Dzintra Horder, Brambles Media
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About AFGC

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) is Australia’s peak national industry association, representing the $118 billion food, beverage and grocery manufacturing industry. As Australia’s largest manufacturing sector, the food and grocery manufacturing industry is a vital contributor to the wealth and health of our nation. The industry’s products are in more than 24 million meals, consumed by 22 million Australians every day, every week and every year. AFGC’s aim is for the Australian food, beverage and grocery manufacturing industry to be world-class, sustainable, socially-responsible and competing profitably domestically and overseas. AFGC represents one of the few manufacturing sectors that continues to grow and has significant potential for even further growth into the future.  For more information, visit

About CHEP

CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, serving many of the world's largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP’s service is environmentally sustainable and increases efficiency for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP’s 11,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unparalleled coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points more than 60 countries. Our customer portfolio includes global companies and brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestlé, Ford and GM. CHEP is part of Brambles Limited. For more information, visit

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