Shopping ? still a favourite pastime
Does Ellan Robinson reflect the latest spending trend among Australian consumers? Ellan (right), along with her sister Shannan and mother, Tanya Molloy, was trying on new clothes at Coopers Surf Centre in the CBD yesterday and providing evidence that clothes remain one of the most popular items on any Australian's shopping list. Spending on beer and clothes went up during the past three months but economists are worried by buying patterns in other areas of the economy. But reduced spending in one area may be helping us stay healthier, with the amount forked out for cigarettes falling for the fourth year in a row.