Monthly retail sales in New Zealand gained 1.1% during August compared with a previous decline by 0.5%, while it came more than forecasts that referred to 0.5%. Retail sales excluding auto sales climbed 1.2% in August, compared with a previous revised -0.6% from -0.5%, while it was expected to gain 0.5%.

Supermarket and grocery store sales that account for fifth of the total retail trade fell 0.2%, while department store sales climbed 2.4%. On the other hand sales in fuel outlets jumped 1.9% in August, and vehicle dealer sales declined by 1.4%.