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September Retail Trade figures released today by Statistics New Zealand show that over-the-counter sales in the Cafe and Restaurant sector were modestly ahead on the same period last year. The month of September was only slightly ahead on $307 million, $1 million above last year; While 2009 September Quarter was $11 million ahead of the September Quarter 2008.
Historically October and November show improved sales usually due to the improving spring weather. It will be interesting to see if this years cold and wet October and continued changability impacts actual sales figures.