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Australian bureau of statistics says preliminary retail sales fell 4.2% from July to Aug vs the surprise 3.2% prior.

However, there has been no reaction in the market as the data is subject to revisions. 

ABS:

  • A preliminary estimate for Australian retail turnover for August 2020
  • Is based on preliminary data provided by businesses that make-up approximately 80% of total retail turnover and is therefore subject to revision. 

AUD/USD trades ar 0.7132 down some 0.5% on the day so far in a strong USD environment. 

Description of the data

The Retail Sales released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is a survey of goods sold by retailers is based on a sampling of retail stores of different types and sizes and it”s considered as an indicator of the pace of the Australian economy. It shows the performance of the retail sector over the short and mid-term. Positive economic growth anticipates bullish trends for the AUD, while a low reading is seen as negative or bearish.