Australian retail turnover in April edged up by 0.1%, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The marginal increase follows a 0.4% decline in March and a 0.2% rise in February.

Most non-food industries saw turnover growth in April, with other retailing leading with a 1.6% increase, followed by household goods retailing and department stores.

Clothing, footwear, and personal accessory retailing experienced a 0.7% decline. The volatility observed in March and April was attributed to the timing of Easter and school holidays.

Food-related spending was mixed, with food retailing declining 0.5% while cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services saw a modest 0.3% increase.

Retail turnover growth varied across states, with New South Wales experiencing the largest rise of 0.7%, followed by South Australia with a 0.5% increase.