Australia Retail Sector - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Australian Retail Sector is segmented by Products (Food and Beverages, Personal and Household Care, Apparel, Footwear and Accessories, Furniture, Toys and Hobby, Electronic and Household Appliances, and Other Products) and Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, and Department Stores, Specialty Stores, Online, and Other Distribution Channels).

Market Snapshot

Australian Retail Industry  Overview
Study Period: 2017- 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5 %
Australian Retail Industry  Key Players

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Market Overview

The Australian retail industry, which is one of the key contributors to the country’s economy, was on a growth trajectory from 2004 to 2019. The total retail turnover was accounted for approximately AUD 329.6 billion in 2019, which was around AUD 9 billion more than the value it recorded in the previous year. However, the sudden COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the country in early 2020, has brought several changes to the retail industry in the country, where it recorded a drop in the total number of sales transactions during the first and second quarters of 2020. Lockdown measures, physical distancing norms, and stay-at-home-to-stay protected protocols have turned one of the largest distribution channels in the country – the physical retailing stores to switch to omnichannel distribution to keep the competition alive.

Australia is one of the most urbanized societies in the world, with more than 24 million people (~90% of the population) living in the urban areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, as well as in smaller cities and towns within 100 miles of the ocean. Factors such as internet advertising, high brand awareness rate, and the influencer’s trend for the product categories, including personal care and household products, footwear and apparel, and others, are helping the market to record more revenue transactions in the country. The trend is anticipated to continue in the forecast period as well, owing to the growing demand for them.

Scope of the Report

The report on the Australian retail sector provides a comprehensive evaluation of the market, with an analysis of the segments in the market. The Australian retail sector is segmented by products (food and beverages, personal and household care, apparel, footwear and accessories, furniture, toys and hobby, electronic and household appliances, and other products) and distribution channel (supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores, specialty stores, online, and other distribution channels).

By Product
Food and Beverages
Personal and Household Care
Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories
Furniture, Toys, and Hobby
Electronic and Household Appliances
Other Products
By Distribution Channel
Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, and Department Stores
Specialty Stores
Other Distribution Channels

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Key Market Trends

Demand for Food and Beverages Continues to be Strong Despite the COVID-19 Challenges

The demand for several products continues to rise in 2020, continuing the upward demand trend they have been recording in the study period. For instance, food and beverages recorded a growth of more than 11% in 2020 and valued at around AUD 151 billion. Other key important segments of the retail market, including household care products, including floor cleaners, laundry care products, etc., have also recorded a spike in demand in 2020. The apparel, footwear, and accessories segment, which was one of the strong segments for more sale transactions during the study period, recorded a fall in demand during the year.

Australian Retail Industry  Key Trends

Expanding Online Distribution Channel is Helping the Market to Record More Revenues

Online retailing is one of the faster-growing channels of distribution in the country, owing to the high urbanization rate and the growing e-commerce shoppers in Australia. The online distribution channel recorded significant growth during the study period, and the sudden COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled its growth during the year 2020. Lockdown measures and safe distancing protocols are the major factors that brought new customers to the channel, whereas the factors such as strong payment gateways, new omnichannel practices including click-and-collect, faster delivery options including same-day, one-day deliveries for the majority of product categories including electronics, and a few health and beauty products have helped the segment to more transactions in the year 2020. The trend is anticipated to continue in the forecast period, as well as the retailers have already started focusing on strengthening their distribution and digital payment facilities.

Australian Retail Industry  Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The report covers major players operating in the Australian retail market. In terms of market share, a few of the major players currently dominate the market. The organized retail market has been growing significantly with companies expanding stores and considering the business potential in new areas. Most of the unorganized retail outlets are increasingly being replaced with big retail hypermarkets, supermarkets, and other retail chains. This is expected to continue on a large scale during the forecast period, which will significantly lead to market growth.

Recent Developments

  • In November 2020, Wesfarmers retail businesses continued to expand their business. Kmart opened new stores in Camberwell and Casey in Victoria and Cockburn in Western Australia, all converted from Target stores, alongside its newest K Hub store in Bairnsdale in regional Victoria.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints/Challenges

    4. 4.4 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    6. 4.6 Consumer Behavior Analysis

    7. 4.7 Insights into Technological Innovations in the Retail Industry

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Food and Beverages

      2. 5.1.2 Personal and Household Care

      3. 5.1.3 Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories

      4. 5.1.4 Furniture, Toys, and Hobby

      5. 5.1.5 Electronic and Household Appliances

      6. 5.1.6 Other Products

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, and Department Stores

      2. 5.2.2 Specialty Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Online

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 ALDI Group

      2. 6.2.2 Metcash Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Woolworths Group Ltd

      4. 6.2.4 Wesfarmers Ltd

      5. 6.2.5 JB Hi-Fi Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 Coles Group

      7. 6.2.7 Kmart Australia Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 Myer Group Pty Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 David Jones Properties Pty Ltd

      10. 6.2.10 Ltd*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


  9. 9. ABOUT US

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia Retail Sector market is studied from 2017 - 2026.

The Australia Retail Sector is growing at a CAGR of 5% over the next 5 years.

ALDI Group, Big W, JB Hi-Fi Ltd, Kmart Australia Limited, Ltd are the major companies operating in Australia Retail Sector .

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