The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the latest retail trade data for the year ending April 2017, showing further growth in the Australian restaurant, café and catering sector. The total industry turnover in the industry has again exceeded $25 billion dollars, a growth of 2 per cent from the prior year. When turnover generated from takeaway sales is included, total industry turnover was $43.2 billion.

“What we’ve seen so far in 2017 is that for every month we have data for, growth in turnover has been recorded across the sector,” said Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO John Hart. “This is especially important given that we are now entering the winter months which tend to be a slower period of the year for hospitality businesses.”