I would say, that this is possible by writing a plugin:
Would you like this bahaviour for all tables or just selected ones?
This is a very old question ... but it still came up when I was searching. Yes, Confluence tables now (by default) support column sorting by the reader ... but sometimes (as the author) you want to permanently save the table pre-sorted so that it always comes up a certain way.
It is possible to do this if you have access to a text editor that will let you replace newline and tab characters (regular-expressions). I have a Mac, and I opened a Unix terminal and used sed for this purpose.
sed -e $'s/\t/|/g' -e 's/^/|/' ttt.txt
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