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Retail sales surged by seven per cent in November helped by Victorians enjoying a full month at the shops, free of coronavirus restrictions.

The sizeable improvement on October trade, according to seasonally-adjusted data published on Tuesday, showed Victoria’s retail sales grew by 21 per cent after many shops were allowed to re-open in late October.

South Australia had little change to its result, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, after a three-day lockdown due to a coronavirus cluster.

Australian retail sales for the month were 13.2 per cent more than the same month last year.

While this might seem remarkable given virus restrictions on trade, it is because the bureau’s retail sales survey does not include sectors hit hard by the pandemic such as travel and pubs and clubs.