Chch spending beats national levels
Christchurch's hardware, building and garden supplies shops keep powering ahead, while hotels, cafes, bars and restaurant sales have been falling for six months as new outlets mushroom around the city.
Statistics New Zealand's latest Christchurch retail index, released today, shows retail spending rose 1.8 per cent in the quarter to March after a 4.2 per cent increase in the December quarter.
Hospitality spending fell 0.1 per cent in the March quarter after decreases of 1.2 per cent and 1.0 per cent in the December and September quarters respectively.
Spending in Christchurch was ahead of national levels overall, with total retail and hospitality sales rising 1.5 per cent in the quarter to March, compared with a 0.7 per cent national increase.
Christchurch spending fell behind the rest of the country after the earthquakes began in September 2010.
However, continued increases over the past year have seen Christchurch move further ahead of the national trend.
The trend for Christchurch retail and hospitality sales has risen 22 per cent since the June 2010 quarter, compared with a rise of 15 per cent at the national level.