Christ­mas wish is to buy lo­cal

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

SHOP­PERS are be­ing urged to sup­port Aus­tralian busi­nesses in the lead-up to Christ­mas as the re­tail sec­tor fore­casts sub­dued spend­ing.

In­creas­ing costs of liv­ing, non-ex­is­tent wage growth, the bush­fire cri­sis and global ten­sions are ex­pected to im­pact the amount con­sumers out­lay.

The lat­est Aus­tralian Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Roy Mor­gan fig­ures re­leased to­day fore­cast shop­pers will splash al­most $53 bil­lion from now through un­til De­cem­ber 24, up 2.6 per cent on last year.

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