Xmas spend tipped to top $35 billion nationally

Christmas shoppers are expected to fork out around $35 billion nationally in the lead up to Santa’s arrival.

The Retail Council Christmas Spending Index for the 30 days to Christmas, shows goods signs for the economy said Council CEO Anna McPhee.

She added “this year’s forecasts indicate retail is in a slightly stronger position to build on last year’s performance and is on target to contribute more than 4.5 per cent to Australia’s GDP.


“Online purchases continue to be an important part of the retail offering, particularly at Christmas and are expected to make up around 16 per cent of total sales over the period.

“To help service increased consumer demand over the Christmas period the retail sector creates an additional 30,000 jobs on average at this time of year, as well as providing extra hours to existing retail workers,” Ms McPhee said.

The Retail Council recently surveyed shoppers on Christmas shopping intentions and found a majority of shoppers plan to do most of their Christmas shopping in the coming weeks and go right up to Christmas Eve.