By  on February 6, 2020

SYDNEY — Australia was already impacted by its worst drought on record. But the devastating bushfire season, now compounded by the coronavirus outbreak, has made for a summer horribilis.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released Thursday, retail turnover for the month of December fell 0.5 percent to 27.77 billion Australian dollars, or $18.74 billion, seasonally adjusted, following a 1 percent gain in November, fueled by Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales promotions.

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