Supermarket spending, May 2021 - Supplementary COVID-19 analysis

Additional data analysis of supermarket and grocery stores spending

Released
5/07/2021

Introduction

To enhance the understanding of the economic impacts of COVID-19, scanner data was used to conduct analysis on supermarkets and grocery stores spending.

The data presented is in original terms, and may differ from the data presented in the Retail publication. This is because scanner data is only collected from large providers and, to enhance this analysis, certain product types sold by supermarkets are excluded.  Please note, analysis of annual data has not been adjusted for the leap year in 2020.

Spending by product group

For the purpose of this analysis, supermarket products were split into three categories. Perishable goods contain fresh food items such as fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy. Non-perishable goods contain food items with a long shelf life such as flour, sugar, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned and dry mix soups, confectionary and long-life milk products. All other products contain non-food items such as cleaning products, medicinal products, toiletries and toilet paper.

Turnover rose for Perishable goods (+4.5%), Non-perishable goods (+3.8%) and All other products (+4.4%) in May 2021 compared to April 2021, in original terms.

Annually, Perishable goods rose +0.7%, Non-perishable goods +0.5%, and All other products +2.6%.

nb. Not adjusted for leap year.

Spending by city, and state and territory

Annual revenue percentage movements at the capital city, state and territory level are showing rises across most of Australia. Of the capital cities, Darwin (+7.4%) and Hobart (+3.7%) recorded the strongest annual rises. For the rest of state and territory areas, Rest of Northern Territory (+10.3%) and Rest of South Australia (+4.7%) recorded the strongest annual rises. Sydney (-2.3%) was the only region to record an annual fall.

Monthly revenue percentage movements at the capital city, state and territory levels are showing rises across all of Australia, following falls last month. Of the capital cities, Melbourne (+9.1%) and Darwin (+7.8%) recorded the strongest monthly rises. For the rest of state and territory areas, Rest of Northern Territory (+8.2%), and Rest of Victoria (+4.3%) recorded the strongest monthly rises.

Following an increase in coronavirus community transmissions, the re-introduction of lockdown measures in Victoria corresponds with a strong rise in turnover in the final week of May.