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Squeezed Aussie shoppers cutting their spending

Anxious Australian shoppers are reining in their spending due to worries about the economy, according to new research by IRI. Early results indicate Australians are feeling more concerned about their financial situation. In fact, more than half (51 per cent) of respondents feel the economy will not improve in the …

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ARA predicts cracking Easter trade for retailers

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) predicts that retailers across Australia will enjoy bumper sales of Easter treats this year. However, IBISWorld struck a more cautious note. Many retailers stock their shelves with Easter products just after New Year. Yet most Easter sales take place the week before Good Friday, says …

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Online grocery shoppers spend more than in-store shoppers

Australians who shop for groceries online spend more than shoppers at bricks-and-mortar stores, Roy Morgan has found. Although online grocery shoppers remain a small minority – for now – they’re a lucrative one for both Coles and Woolworths. This is the finding of Roy Morgan’s latest report ‘People who have …

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‘Follow the process, Kaufland!’

Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison has expressed his dismay at German supermarket giant Kaufland and backed up recent claims made by Master Grocers Australia (MGA), saying the Schwarz Group owned business is getting favourable treatment by the Victorian government in their planning applications. MGA has said that local Melbourne retailers are …

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Retailers would welcome nationwide plastic bag ban

The NRA has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s proposal to implement a single-use plastic bag ban nationwide from 2021. National Retail Association Manager of Industry David Stout says the retail sector applauds laws that are consistent across the country and allow enough time to avoid disruption. “Retailers are happy to …

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AUSVEG slams ‘radical’ vegan activists

AUSVEG has expressed solidarity with Australian farmers and condemned “radical” vegan activists and following direct action in Melbourne and elsewhere. The peak industry body says it’s “disappointed” it’s been dragged into the controversy and has distance itself from the activists. It doesn’t want its plant-based commodities “to add fuel to …

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Veganism threatens local demand for Aussie meat and dairy

Booming veganism and rising meat prices are a growing threat to the domestic meat and dairy industries, says IBISWorld. According to the industry research company, sales of vegan food products have soared over the past five years in Australia. Intensifying the trend is the fact that the vegan boom has …

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Woolies offers Brisbane shoppers delivery in under two hours

Several Woolworths stores in Brisbane are now offering grocery deliveries in under two hours. Thanks to the Delivery Now service, customers living in the suburbs surrounding Woolworths stores in Ascot, Ashgrove, Bulimba, Camp Hill, Paddington and Spring Hill can order up to 30 handpicked items from a range of more …

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Woolworths and Aldi grew grocery market share in 2018

Woolworths has extended its lead as Australia’s top grocery retailer after increasing its share of Australia’s total grocery market. Its share is now 34 per cent, up 1.4 percentage points (ppts), according to Roy Morgan’s latest survey data. Aldi had a good year too, growing its market share to 11.4 …

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Budget boom: Aussie retailers enjoy 24-hour surge

Retail enjoyed a boom 24 hours following key announcements in the federal budget, says the National Retail Association (NRA). The NRA also says Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that the sector “broke free of its shackles” in February. ‘Welcome relief’ NRA CEO Dominique Lamb says the news regarding …

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