9 December, 2015: NSW shoppers will enjoy the flexibility of more shopping hours than ever before, with extended hours in the two weeks to Christmas Day and all stores able to trade on Boxing Day for the first time ever, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).

All NSW stores within a business zone will be allowed to open 24 hours from midnight December 11 to 11:59pm December 24 without planning approval.

Figures by the ARA and Roy Morgan Research indicate Australian shoppers will spend $46.8 billion in retail stores over the Christmas trading period from November 15 to December 24, 2015, with NSW to account for $14.8 billion of this.

NSW shoppers are expected to take full advantage of the extra hours available in the lead up to Christmas to stock up on Christmas supplies including Christmas gifts, decorations, and groceries for the festive season, ARA executive director, Russell Zimmerman said.

“This is the second year NSW shoppers have been able to hit the stores at times outside the normally designated trading hours,” said Mr Zimmerman.

“The extension of hours is reflective of the new 24/7 global economy we now live in, with consumers able to jump online and purchase at any hour of the day or night they desire. Physical retail stores are also cashing in on this convenience, which for both consumers and retailers alike, is a real bonus during the busy Christmas period.”

Boxing Day shopping trips are also expected to be more popular than ever this year, as retailers in all parts of NSW will be able to open their doors for the first time. Previously only retailers in the Sydney CBD and tourist precincts were permitted to trade on Boxing Day.

“Suburban and regional NSW retailers and shopping centres should see a rush of shoppers looking to grab a bargain in the annual Boxing Day sales for the first time, which will take some of the strain off the Sydney CBD and tourist areas that in past years have seen some overcrowding,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Boxing Day trade extension will also level the playing field for retailers, some of which who had been disadvantaged on December 26 when some retailers – often in the next suburb – were able to open, while others were hamstrung by an archaic law that said they must remain closed.”

ARA ROY MORGAN PRE-CHRISTMAS 2015 SALES PREDICTIONS
November 15 – December 24, 2015

2015 Pre-Christmas Sales Growth by State

State

2014 pre-xmas

Actual ($mil)

2015 pre-xmas

Forecast ($mil)

Predicted growth

(%)

NSW

14377

14854

3.3%

Victoria

11174

11688

4.6%

Queensland

9200

9590

4.2%

South Australia

2945

3026

2.7%

Western Australia

5253

5393

2.7%

Tasmania

882

907

2.7%

Northern Territory

489

493

0.8%

Australian Capital Territory

815

824

1.1%

NATIONAL

45137

46775

3.6%

(ARA/ROY MORGAN)

2015 Pre-Christmas Sales Growth by Category

Category

2014 pre-xmas

Actual ($mil)

2015 pre-xmas

Forecast ($mil)

Predicted growth

(%)

Food

18545

18987

2.4%

Household goods

7839

8144

3.9%

Apparel

3436

3598

4.7%

Department stores

2901

3018

4.0%

Other

6112

6456

5.6%

Hospitality

6305

6573

4.3%

NATIONAL

45137

46775

3.6%

(ARA/ROY MORGAN)

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or emailmedia@retail.org.au.

-ENDS-

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