Southern shoppers spend less in September
Shoppers in the south spent less in retail stores in the September quarter.
The latest Retail Trade Survey shows nationally, the total value of sales fell 0.8% compared with the June quarter.
The South Island showed an increase on the back of a rise in Canterbury retail sales of $80 million.
But the rest of the South Island showed a $50 million drop.
The industries that most felt the cut in spending were supermarkets, motor-vehicle and parts retailers, and petrol stations.