Men on the hunt for new suits and ties have helped retailers achieve the best pre and post-Christmas sales result in several years.
The Australian Retailers' Association says retailers have experienced an increase in sales of almost 4 per cent across the board.
The association's executive director Russell Zimmerman says that does not match the increases retailers enjoyed a decade ago, but it is a welcome change from recent retail stagnation.
"Ten years ago we would have been looking at a 6 or 6.5 per cent increase year-on-year, so obviously this is not as strong as it was some seven or eight or 10 years ago," he said.
"Looking forward, we would expect our trends to be around 3, 3.5 per cent." Mr Zimmerman says menswear in particular has been a standout during the sales.
"In the lead up to Christmas we felt there was probably a lack of trade in some areas of the perfumes, the cosmetics area, but that certainly was picked up in the post-Christmas sales," he observed.
"The other thing that was a very strong standout in the post-Christmas sales was men's apparel and in particular men's dress wear, business suits and shirts and ties."