The Australian bureau of statistics issued the seasonally adjusted reading for the retail sales index in December, where it fell to-0.1%, compared with the prior month's reading of 0.0%; also it missed expectations of 0.2%.

On the other hand, the bureau of statistics also issued the forth-quarter figures for the retail sales index excluding inflation, which has a moderate scale for the Australian economic growth, where it plunged to 0.4% compared with the prior reading of 0.6%, also it missed expectations of 0.6%.