Retail sales in Queensland fell by 0.1 per cent in trend terms and by 0.6 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms in August.
Retail sales growth in Queensland was the worst in the country in August, statistics show.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released on Thursday reveal Queensland retail sales fell by 0.1 per cent in trend terms and by 0.6 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls says even though the figures are disappointing, the state’s retail sector has actually grown and added 20,000 jobs in the last year.
“Queensland is on the cusp of strong growth and the government is focused on growing our four-pillar economy,” he said.
“We know there is still more work to be done to ensure all Queenslanders are experiencing the benefits of that economic growth.”
Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the data showed the economy was lagging, despite the government’s promises to boost growth.
“Campbell Newman is failing to deliver on his promises to the people of Queensland,” he said.
“I think it’s important to look at any statements by the treasurer or the premier which talk about our state being a state of growth; they need to have a reality check.”