Australia’s Retail turnover in June 2012 recorded the sector’s biggest growth since April 2011, according to the latest retail trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Australia’s seasonally adjusted Retail turnover in June grew 1% to A$21.6bn ($22.6bn), the same for May 2012 was 0.8%.

The turnover has experienced a surge of 0.5% in June 2012, continuing the trend that saw a similar rise of 0.5% each in April and May months, when compared to June 2011 the growth was over 4%.According to ABS, department stores at 3.4% and food retailing at 0.9% were the key drivers of the growth.

Household goods retailing was the only segment that saw a decline of -0.2%, while the turnover for all the other segments went up in June 2012 – other retailing segment grew at 1.4%, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services at 1% , and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing at 1.8%.

Food retailing has remained at the top as the largest contributor to growth with 0.5% rise in trend terms, followed by cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services at 1.1%.

All states in the country have seen growth in retail sales during the month, with major contribution coming from New South Wales in the form of 1% rise, which marked its fourth consecutive monthly rise, according to the agency’s statistics.

Queensland’s 1.2%, Victoria’s 0.9%, Western Australia’s 1.0%, South Australia’s 0.7%, the Northern Territory’s 2.8%, Tasmania’s 1.0% and the Australian Capital Territory’s 0.9% are among the others.

Western Australia is expected to be the major contributor in the longer term, with 0.8% surge in trend terms during June 2012.