Christmas may be coming early for ASX 200 retail shares with the latest consumer survey pointing to a spending spree heading into the holiday season.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) today released its Household Spending Intentions (HSI) Index for November 2021, which hit its highest level since December 2019. The Index, which gauges Australian consumer spending, jumped 2.1% to 110.3 in November.
While the index will put a smile on the faces of ASX retailers, some are set to benefit more than others.
$240bn boost for ASX 200 retail shares
Interestingly, ASX investors may not have caught on to this just yet as just about all ASX shares in the sector rallied today. This caused the Consumer Discretionary sector to rise 1.6% when the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) gained just under 1%.
Expectations of a spend-a-thon are backed by the $240 billion in savings that households have stashed away during COVID-19 lockdowns.
But, as mentioned, not all retailers are likely to benefit to the same degree.
ASX 200 retail shares best placed to benefit
Within the HSI index, spending on transport recorded the biggest rise of 21.5%. This was followed by travel at 14.7%, retail at 9.6%, and household services at 9.4%.
Holiday-deprived Aussies are also looking to spend big on their next getaway. Travel spending surged 77% since the Delta lockdown low in August this year, according to CBA. The biggest increases were for accommodation, travel agents, airlines, and tourist attractions.
Other ASX retailers benefitting from spending spree tailwinds
Our best-known retailers will also be sharing in the Christmas cheer. Some of the strongest increases within this category went to department stores, clothing, furniture and household equipment, electronic stores, and household appliances.
The good times could continue to roll as the economic recovery extends into 2022.
“The CommBank HSI Index has shown a continued and broad based recovery in consumer spending since the end of lockdowns,” CBA Chief Economist Stephen Halmarick said.
“While we have seen sharp increases in categories like transport and travel, there is still plenty of room for further growth.”