Gadgets and thriving supermarkets helped drive Tasmania to an all-time monthly retail sales record in December.

Electronic goods have helped Tasmanian retailers achieve an all-time monthly sales record.

Electronic goods have helped Tasmanian retailers achieve an all-time monthly sales record.

Total sales increased by $1.2 million to $522.6 million compared to November, trend terms Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed.

It was a 38th straight month of turnover growth, dating back to late 2014.

Sales of electrical and electronic goods increased by $700,000 to a  record $34.5 million.

Monthly sales from supermarkets and grocery stores topped $200 million for the first time.

They bettered November sales by $1.7 million to total $200.5 million.

Other recreational goods also notched a record in December, with turnover up by $100,000 to $12.8 million.

They include sports and camping equipment, DVDs, CDs and so on and toys and games.

Not every retail sector strengthened in December.

Sales of floor coverings, houseware and textile goods dropped by $300,000 to $24.9 million.

Sales of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and toiletries slumped by $900,000 to $26.8 million.

Clothing sales edged downwards to $20.2 million.

Sales of footwear and other personal accessories were steady at $7.3 million, as were sales of hardware, building and garden supplies ($35.5 million).

Turnover from cafes, restaurants and takeaways dropped by $100,000 to $57.6 million.

National retail turnover fell by 0.5 per cent, seasonally adjusted.

In trend terms, South Australia (0.6 per cent), Victoria (0.5 per cent), Tasmania (0.2 per cent), Queensland (0.1 per cent) and  New South Wales (0.1 per cent) had increased turnover.

This story Geeks, gadgets, groceries drive Tasmanian retail sales record in December, ABS finds first appeared on The Advocate.

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