Australians $15.1 billion splurge at summer sales

Australian retailers have started the new year off with a bang with sales-crazy shoppers expected to spend a whopping $15.1 Billion during the post-Christmas / Summer sale period according to the Australian Retailers Association and Roy Morgan Research.

This is an estimated 2 percent rise on last year's predicted sales of $14.8 Billion.

While clothing and apparel is expected to make up some of the growth, the biggest area of growth comes from the cafe sector where 6.2 percent growth is expected.

"Gift buying will be replaced by shoppers splurging on items for themselves, updating their summer wardrobe and dining out," said ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman.

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