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AUS­TRALIANS are ex­pected to again spend big over the fes­tive sea­son with toys and games to be among the most pop­u­lar pur­chases.

Pre-Christ­mas spend­ing es­ti­mates com­piled by the Aus­tralian Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (ARA) and Roy Mor­gan Re­search sug­gest Aus­tralians will spend a whop­ping $46.7 bil­lion be­tween mid-Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 24.

That is an in­crease of 3.6 per cent on spend­ing over the same pe­riod in 2014.

Shop­pers in Western Aus­tralian are ex­pected to spend close to $5.4 bil­lion, an in­crease of 2.7 per cent on last year’s to­tal.

Peo­ple in New South Wales are ex­pected to spend the most of any state or ter­ri­tory in Aus­tralia with $14.85 bil­lion.

Shop­pers in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory are pre­dicted to spend the least with es­ti­mated sales at $493 mil­lion.

ARA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rus­sell Zim­mer­man said he was con­fi­dent that re­tail­ers would see a plenty of cus­tomers in their

New South Wales - $14.85b (3.3 per cent growth on 2014) Vic­to­ria – 11.69b (4.6 per cent growth) Queens­land – 9.6b (4.2 per cent growth) South Aus­tralia - $3.02b (2.7 per cent growth)

Western Aus­tralia - $5.39b (2.7 per cent growth) Tas­ma­nia - $907m (2.7 per cent growth) North­ern Ter­ri­tory - $493m (0.8 per cent growth)

Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory - $824m (1.1 per cent growth)

stores over the com­ing weeks.

“While the week be­fore Christ­mas is tra­di­tion­ally the big­gest shop­ping week of the year, there’s plenty of con­sumers who like to be pre­pared and get in early, with a good deal of Aussies start­ing to tick items off

Food - $18.99b (2.4 per cent growth on 2014)

House­hold goods – 8.14b (3.9 per cent growth)

Ap­parel - $3.6b (4.7 per cent growth) Depart­ment stores – 3.02b (4 per cent growth) Other - $6.46b (5.6 per cent growth) Hos­pi­tal­ity - $6.57b (4.3 per cent growth) Source:ARARoyMor­ganPre-Christ­mas SalesPre­dic­tions,Novem­ber15–De­cem­ber 24,2015

their Christ­mas lists from mid-Novem­ber on­wards,” he said.

More than 40 per cent of the $46.7 bil­lion will be spent on food, with $8 bil­lion to be spent on house­hold goods.

In terms of gifts, Mr Zim­mer­man said games and toys would be pop­u­lar.

“The ARA expects spend­ing on toys to spike sig­nif­i­cantly in the com­ing weeks as Santa, along with par­ents and fam­i­lies, stock up on gifts for the kids,” he said.

“For adults this Christ­mas we’ll see a rise in prod­ucts gen­er­ally seen as tra­di­tional gift pur­chases, such as ap­parel and per­fume, while elec­tron­ics and tech­nol­ogy is also pre­dicted to be a money spin­ner for re­tail­ers this Christ­mas.”

More than half of us are likely to for­ward on a present given to us this Christ­mas, a sur­vey has re­vealed.

Groom­ing prod­ucts are most likely to be re-gifted, with more than one third of the 1007 peo­ple sur­veyed by Menulog plac­ing the toi­letry at the top of their un­wanted list.

Un­der­wear and socks were also largely un­de­sired.

Peo­ple most likely to re-gift are those un­der 20, with 65 per cent of those sur­veyed from that cat­e­gory ad­mit­ting to re-gift­ing.

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