WA shoppers have held back the entire nation, cutting their spending through July.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed WA retail trade spending dropped by 0.7 per cent despite spending nationally rising by 0.1 per cent.
The only other state where shoppers closed their wallets were in NSW with spending there dropping by 0.1 per cent.
Department stores took the biggest hit during the month with spending through outlets across the nation down by 7.9 per cent.
But spending on food (up by 0.5 per cent), household goods (up 1.8 per cent) and clothing and footwear (up by 1.4 per cent) all improved.
The figures came out as the Reserve Bank of Australia's board met to consider its current interest rate settings at its monthly meeting.
Analysts believe the Reserve will keep rates on hold, following on from its early August reduction.
Meanwhile, the Bureau also reported the nation's current account balance was a deficit of $9.4 billion in the June quarter.The surplus on the quarter's shipments of goods and services fell by two per cent through the quarter. That will detract 0.04 per cent from tomorrow's June quarter GDP result.