It showed that in Stonington, which includes the leafy suburbs of Torac, Malvern and South Yarra, discretionary spending was 61 percent lower in September and October, compared to late last year.
Port Phillip, which includes Albert Park, South Melbourne and St Kilda, recorded a 68 per cent decrease in discretionary spending in the September-October period, after falling 41 per cent in April.
In Monash, which has an above average household income, discretionary spending fell 62 percent after falling to 46 percent in April.
The numbers paint a picture of two cities, where Melbourne’s economic recovery has been largely driven by spending in the Inland North.
Yara, which includes Fitzroy and Collingwood, posted a sharp drop in discretionary spending in April – down 77 percent compared to last year. Since then, it has bounced back to 4 per cent above the rate late last year.
Entrepreneur Chris Driscoll – who owns the LGBTIQA Sircuit and Mollies Bar and Diner in Fitzroy – said demand was strong after the reopening.
“they [patrons] They are looking for the most support from us that we can provide to them to reconnect with their communities. “
“Really, people are happy and they were happy to follow or follow the line. Well now they want a chance to reconnect.”
Fellow pub owner Tim McLean of Kent Street said business has improved compared to two weeks ago, but his acquisitions are still down 40 per cent compared to this time in November of last year.
“We really can’t do anything more than we do because of the restrictions,” he said.
There are strong signs of recovery in Melbourne, too. City shoppers spent 68 percent less in April compared to a year ago, but that rate improved to 23 percent below baseline by September and October.
In Morland, spending fell 56 percent in April, but recovered to 21 percent below the normal rate.
Andrew Charlton, director of AlphaBeta, said the data showed the impact of stimulus payments in support of low-income households.
“The pattern of spending over the past year is Economy 101,” he said.
“At the height of the crisis, the wealthier suburbs tightened their belts, but other low- to middle-income suburbs have emerged as the clear leaders in keeping the economy and our societies going.
“Now, with our borders closed, people with higher incomes realize that they have managed to save a large amount, and that they are not going to spend their holidays abroad ready to spend.”
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Bianca Hall is the city editor for The Age. She previously worked as a senior correspondent and in the Office of Federal Policy in Canberra.